Oaken Leaves (2)

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OAKEN LEAVES [2]. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Sharp): AAB (Barnes). The tune and country dance called "Oaken Leaves" was first published in John Playford's Dancing Master, 4th edition (1670)[1]. It was retained in subsequent editions through the eighth edition of 1690, after which it disappears from the long-running series. Early 20th century English collector Cecil Sharp substituted the Playford melody "Milkmaid's Bob (The)" for dance steps to "Oaken Leaves," and, since his version was so influential, the tune "Oaken Leaves" is sometimes called (erroneously) "Milkmaid's Bob."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Barlow (Complete Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No 206, p. 54. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 41.

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