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X: 1 T: Round O. (p)1703.PLFD.512 T: New Round O,The. (p)1703.PLFD.512 M: 4/4 L: 1/8 %Q: 1/2=80 S: Playford, Dancing Master,12th Ed.,1703. O: England Z: Chris Partington. N: Chords from Peter Barnes, slightly modified during playing. P: 3x K: C ed |\ "Am"cBAc "E"B2^G2 | "Am"A4 "E"B4 | "Am"c2dc "Dm"BcAc | "E7"B4 E2ed | "Am"cBAc "E"B2^G2 | "Am"A4 "Dm"B4 | "Am"c2dc "E7"B3A | "Am"A4 A2 :| |: ag |\ "Am"a2e2 f2g2 | "Dm"f4 "Am"e2fe | "Dm"d2c2 B2c2 | "E"c3B "Am"A2ef | "C"g2c2 g2ag | "F"f2A2 f2gf | "C"e2dc "G7"d2B2 | "C"c4 "(E7)"c2 | ed |\ "Am"cBAc "E"B2^G2 | "Am"A4 "E"B4 | "Am"c2dc "Dm"BcAc | "E7"B4 E2ed | "Am"cBAc "E"B2^G2 | "Am"A4 "Dm"B4 | "Am"c2dc "E7"B3A | "Am"A6 || e2 |\ "Am"a2"#"g2 a2ef | "Dm"f3e "G7"d2ef | "C"g2e2 "G7"defg | "C"e2 c4 fe |"Dm(G)"d2ed "C"c2de | "Dm"fedc "E7"B2c2 |1,2 "Am"A2Bc "Dm"B2A2 | "E7"^G4 "^d.C."E2 :||["Last" "Am"c2dc "E7"B3A | "Am"A6 |]

ROUND O. AKA and see “New Round O (1) (The).” English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCD. The melody, along with figures for a dance (“Longways for as many as will”), dates to 1703 when it was published in London by Henry Playford in the 12th edition of The Dancing Master (p. 342). It was retained in all subsequent editions through the 18th and last of 1728, however, beginning with the 14th edition of 1709 it appears in the Dancing Master editions as the shortened “Round O”. Aldred Moffat (Dances of the Olden Time, 1912, p. viii) wrote that he though the generic term "Round O" or "Rounds" for a country dance derived from primitive dances around an object, later surviving as maypole dances (i.e. dancing around an emblem) and in early round formation country dances. The term later became applied to country dances whether they were circular in formation or not; Playford's "Round O" is a longways dance with lines facing each other.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 610. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 79.

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