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MARSEILLAISE. AKA and see "Marscillois March." French, Air and March (4/4 time). D Major (Kerr): G Major (Laybourn, Litten/Hungtington). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Laybourn): ABB. William Litten's version is "a not too unusual setting" of the French anthem "Marseillaise" [1]. The melody was originally composed in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, who called it "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin"/"War Song for the Army of the Rhine". It was adopted as the anthem of the Republic in 1795.

Source for notated version: The music manuscript collection of ship's fiddler William Litten, 1800-1802 [Huntington].

Printed sources: Huntington (Willam Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 37. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 4), c. 1880's; No. 374, p. 40. Laybourn (Köhlers' Violin Repository Book 2), 1881-1885; p. 178.

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