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X:1 T:Tit for Tat [2] M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Walsh, John, The Compleat Country Dancing-Master, 2nd Book, S:London, 1740, p. 13 N:Each strain twice Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige K:Cmaj c2c|G2G ABA|G3 c3|d2e f2e|d2c c2c| G2G ABA|G2G c2c|ded e2d|c3 !fermata!|| efg|g3 efg|g3 efg|a2g f2e|d2c efg g3 efg|g3 efg|a2g f2e|d3||

TIT FOR TAT [2]. AKA and see "Fair Play." English, Country Dance Tune and Jig (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody, with directions for a country dance, was first printed in John Walsh's Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master, third edition (London, c. 1735, No. 7, reprinted in 1749), and in John Johnson's Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, Vol. 2 (1742). Since Johnson appears to have used the plates of a former London music publisher, Daniel Wright, the tune may be old than the Walsh printing. It was entered into the c. 1790 music manuscript of London musician Thomas Hammersley. There are also other, unrelated, country dance tunes with this title. An old handwritten note in script in the copy of Aird’s Selection in a Massachusetts library reads: “or Fair Play.”

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II), 1785; No. 85, p. 31.

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