Go Tell Aunt Rhody - Violin

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)
Sheet music for : Violin and piano

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody

The Old Grey Goose - Le Rêve - Rousseau's Dream

The famous American traidtional song Go Tell Aunt Rhody originated as a gavotte in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's opera Le Devin du village.

This opera was first performed in Fontainebleau in 1752.

An English version of the opera was produced in London in 1766.

The melody of the gavotte was later combined to various English texts, including Sweet Melissa (ca 1788).

It also inspired a set of variations by London pianist and composer Johann Baptist Cramer, entitled Rousseau's Dream (1812).

Around 1825, the tune began appearing in American hymnals and traditional song anthologies.

It is nowadays commonly found in children's song collections.

This score is an arrangement of Go Tell Aunt Rhody for violin with piano accompaniment.

It is set in the key of A Major.

The violin part is easy enough to be played by a beginner violin student.

Duration : 00:41

Source : Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Le Devin du village (1752).

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