Dixon's March

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DIXON'S MARCH. American, March (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The march appears in several amateur American musicians' manuscript collections from the War of Independence period. These include the 1784 copybook belonging to Joseph Cabot and John Bartlett (Cambridge and Salem, Massachusetts), keyboard players Sally and Eliza Marchant (1783, Newport, Rhode Island), and keyboard player Elizabeth Sanders Van Rensselaer (1782, Boston). It was also entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. [1] (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession.

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