HARRISON AND WALL MANUSCRIPT
Ashover, Derbyshire, England.
REFERRED TO AS “ASH” IN VMP CODE.
First inscribed page:-
“A Book Of Tunes
Joshua Harrison, David Wall, 1762”
Second inscribed page:-
“David Wall, His Book, 1775”
This item is a brief manuscript tune book, containing 16 dance tunes,
and instructions for dances with them.
Many of the tunes found their way into the repertoire of The New Victory Band.
and thus into general currency in late 1970’s,early 80’s in England.
Five of the tunes were published by the Sheffield branch of the EFDSS in 1927.
with an interpretation of the dances and piano accompaniment.
Most pages contain dance instructions in the stylised manner of the printed
collections of the period, which I have not attempted to reproduce.
However, an earlier researcher has provided an interpretation of most of the
dances, who’s faithfulness to the original I am not qualified.. etc, etc.
These interpretations are very similar to but not identical with the above
mentioned EFDSS interpretations.
If anyone would like to see them it may be arranged.
The tunes are all clearly written and presented no difficulties in transcription.