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John Carr and his First Book of Cotillions

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John Carr (fl. 1672-1695) was an English musician and music publisher whose music was popular in Colonial America about the time of the American Revolution and the birth of our republic.  The Carr family had been associated with music and the music trade for several generations in London, England.  John Carr opened a publishing house and music store in Fleet Street, near Middle Temple Gate about 1672.  His wife Katherine worked as a violin maker.  Imagine yourself in New England at around the time of the American Revolution.  Country dances were very popular at the time of the American Revolution, and at around this same time the French, who were allied with the Americans in the war, introduced a type of dance called the “cotillion,” which is one of the predecessors of our square dance.  John Carr published his “First Book of Cotillions” in 1801.

My collection includes the following works by John Carr:

First Book of Cotillions (1801): La Poule

First Book of Cotillions (1801): Madison’s Whim/The Merry Strollers/The Killerman

First Book of Cotillions (1801): New Jersey/The Ball

First Book of Cotillions (1801): The Swallow/The Colly Flower

—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources

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