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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


OLD TUNES – ROSLIN CASTLE


The air to Roslin Castle was wrongly attributed to James Oswald. Although it appears in his collection (1752) as Roseland Castle,* it is not marked as his tune.

It had appeared in a 1746 collection by William McGibbon as The House of Glams.**

The words were written by Richard Hewitt of Cumberland, who died in 1764. Hewitt was employed as … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – ROGUES MARCH


Rogue (Webster’s 1913 Dictionary)

n. 1.(Eng. Law) A vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.

2. A deliberately dishonest person; a knave; a cheat.

“The Rogue’s March” was a well known tune during the American Revolution. The tune used to be played to drum out dishonoured soldiers from the Army. During the playing, they were stripped of rank, … Continue reading


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