Songbook from the American Revolution
Written into a personal notebook by an officer in George Washington’s Army, each song, including a "Song Compos’d by an American Officer at West Point," is presented with its original tune, full documentation, and historical notes. Included are songs of love and war, patriotic and bawdy songs, and three songs from the musical theatre piece, The Poor Soldier.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Captain George Bush was an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. As he travelled in the service Bush carried his fiddle and in 1779, stationed in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, he began to enter music, dance figures and song lyrics into a small pocket notebook. He copied songs about being a soldier and about love and women; minuets, marches, and other airs; and the figures and music for a number of country dances. Bush’s music has been edited for modern use. Songs that he noted without tunes have been set to appropriate music found in period sources.