To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Telemark Dance Records has issued this CD, the music of a revolution, music that inspired both sides in the epic struggle that began in 1775-76. It is military music, popular and classical music ("Marion"
is a melody from Haydn), the music of the battlefield, homestead, and stately drawing room. The music at the birth of a nation. The creation of this album began with simultaneous research in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and the British Museum in London for tunes of the revolutionary period suitable for rearrangement into the dances of today. Of
course, modern ballroom dancing , together with the bands and instruments of today, is far removed from that of 1776.
Then it was the Minuet and the Gavotte; now it is the Waltz and the Foxtrot. These titles were then turned over to Charles
Barlow, whose dance band played each year for the Open to the World British Championships in Blackpool, England. Charles and his brilliant team or arrangers went to work with considerable skill and imagination and came up with
14 danceable instrumentals. It is no mean task to take the melodies traditionally played by fife and drum, often of a few bars duration, and turn them into original compositions for the dancers of today. A printed insert accompanying the CD
gives an entertaining historiography of each tune. Enjoy listening or dancing to them, some, like "Pop Goes the Weasel",
still popular with children in our time.