Music and the Revolution - Research Article from Americans at War

Jennifer Donnelly
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Revolutionary Songs

Songs and ballads of the Revolution formed perhaps the most accessible, influential, and lasting type of music from the period. Their texts told a story, often inspired by current events like a recent battle and infused with a political message. While some songs indeed died a quiet death, with inferior texts wedded to events of passing interest, a few remained wildly popular over time. Amateur poets of the educated elite were usually the authors responsible for their quick creation and publication. They were not composers of the music, however. Adopting a simple technique common to colonial culture in British North America, poets set their newly composed verses to preexisting tunes known by the public. An array of familiar British songs and marching tunes, many of folk origin or derived from eighteenth-century theater and pleasure-garden entertainments, supplied an ever-ready source of these melodies. Especially popular...

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