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OLD TUNES – YANKEE DOODLE


“Yankee Doodle” is one of America’s oldest marching airs. It was written several years before the American Revolution, but like so much folk music, its exact origin is obscure despite massive scholarly research. Some trace it to a Dutch peasant song or a work song from the French vineyards or from the Irish. Perhaps the most likely origin is an … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – WHEN THE KING ENJOYS….


WHEN THE KING ENJOYS HIS OWN AGAIN. BY MARTIN PARKER. It is with particular pleasure that the editor is enabled to restore to the public the original words of the most famous and popular air ever heard of in this country. Invented to support the declining interest of the royal martyr, it served afterward, with more success, to keep up … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – RULE BRITANNIA


RULE BRITANNIA. “Smile America.” The music was composed by Dr. Thomas Augustine Arne for his masque of Alfred (some sources say the opera was The Judgement o’ Paris),* first performed as the end of an entertainment before Frederick, Prince of Wales, at Clivedon House, near Maidenhead, August, 1740, under the title “When Britain First.” The opera was revived in 1759 … Continue reading


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