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X:1 T:Old Oxford, The M:C| L:1/8 S:Daniel Wright - An Extraordinary Collection of Pleasant and Merry Humours etc. (c. 1713) K:Dmin A2 =B^c d2D2|G2A2 D4|D2 FG A2d2|^c2d2e4| f2 fg a2 gf|gfed ^c4|d2D2F2 GF|E4 D4:| |:F2c2F2c2|F2c2 A2 GA|F2cd2A2d2|^c2d2 e4| f2 fg a2 gf|gfed ^c4|d2D2 F2 GF|E4 D4:|]



OLD OXFORD. AKA - "Owld Oxfford," "Peace and Plenty (1)," "Peace and Plenty or Old Oxford." English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was first published in Daniel Wright's An Extraordinary Collection of Pleasant and Merry Humours etc. (c. 1713), followed in 1719 by John Young in his Second Volume of the Dancing Master [1], 3rd edition, as a "Longways dance for as many as will" under the title "Peace and Plenty or Old Oxford." Later it was printed in London by John Walsh in his Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1735, p. 199), and also appears in the c. 1749 edition of the same work. See also the major-key version, "Old Tom of Oxford" for which also see note "Old Tom of Oxford."


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Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 95 (appears as "Oakleigh House", the name of a dance by Kathryn and David Wright set to the tune). Johnson (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 45. Walsh (Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master), 1735; p. 199.

Recorded sources : - Ex Cathedra Records, Early Music New York - "A Colonial Christmas."




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