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Thread #7666   Message #3240776
Posted By: Jack Campin
18-Oct-11 - 10:48 AM
Thread Name: origin of the tune Staten Island
Subject: RE: origin of the tune Staten Island
I can't find my reference to the earliest MSS (which I thought predated Aird's 1782 publication) - will have to go back to the NLS and search for a bit.

What I did find in my notes was some transcriptions from a manuscript with a date of 1796 by James Robertson [NLS Acc.12304(A)], which includes a lot of tunes with unambiguously American titles. So it seems likely that he thought it was American, even that early. He had the C naturals, as does Aird; the version from the fluters of the Black Watch in the flute music pages on my website, from 1813, doesn't.