Biography:Ashover Manuscript

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The Ashover Manuscript is a music copybook with dance instructions and melodies from the community of Ashover, Derbyshire, with the first page 9inscribed: ""A Book Of Tunes Joshua Harrison, David Wall, 1762" and a second page inscribed: ""David Wall, His Book, 1775." According to Folkopedia [1], nothing is known of Joshua Harrison, however, David Wall was a bassonist. A memorial plaque at All Saints Church, Ashover, honors him:

To the memory of David Wall
Whose superior performance on the bassoon endeared him
To an extensive musical acquaintance.
His social life closed on the 4 of December 1796 in his 57 year.