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HAMILTON HOUSE [3]. English, Air (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was included in a production of Shakespeare's MacBeth, in which most of the music, including this air, was composed by cellist and composer James Oswald [1] (1710-1769). Oswald, originally from Edinburgh, had established himself in London, where presumably his MacBeth was staged. In addition to James Oswald's 1760 publication, the melody appears in London publisher David Rutherford's Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 country Dances, vol. 2 (1760). The tune also appears in the John Rook music manuscript collection of 1840-1841 (Warerton, Cumbria).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 2), 1760; p. 6.

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