This article discusses Bass Menuet, which appears to be the earliest surviving piece of secular music written in British America. It is simple, though not crude, with the first section consciously written in parallel octaves for effect, while the second branches out into polyphonic form. It is thought to have been composed in Newport.
Millar, John Fitzhugh
"Pachelbel and Gardner, Two Early Newport Composers,"
Newport History: Vol. 55
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol55/iss186/3