Augustus, Cotillion in A Major

An intermediate-level piano piece by African-American composer Francis Johnson. 1 page.


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Sheet music for Augustus, from Cotillions, Set I, No. 3 by American composer Francis Johnson. Living in Philadelphia during the first half of the 19th Century, Johnson was the first African-American composer to have his music published, and also the first to perform in racially integrated ensembles. He often drew on European dance forms like the cotillion, a predecessor of the English quadrille and the American square dance. Johnson's intermediate-level piece has an Alberti bass left hand throughout, with a charming melody giving solid 8th and 16th-note rhythm practice. The second section introduces fast dotted rhythms and a da capo repeat of the first section. 1 page.


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