March from Oscar and Malvina

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MARCH FROM OSCAR AND MALVINA. AKA and see "Leslie's March (1)/Lesley's March (1)," "Duplin House," "Blue Bonnets (2)." Irish (?), March (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. Composed (as part of a Rondo) by William Reeve and published in London, England in 1791, scored for harp and uilleann pipes. The opera Oscar and Malvina, or the Hall of Fingal, was a long-running pantomime staged several times in London in the last decade of the 18th century into the early years of the next. It featured for a few years the playing of uilleann piper O'Farrell (whose first name is not known, but may have been Patrick), whose tutor and collections of music are important snapshots of the historical repertoire of the times. See note for "Oscar and Malvina" for more.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. 1), c. 1805; p. 46 (appears as "Highland March in Oscar and Malvina").

Recorded sources: Claddagh CC30, The Chieftains - "Boil the Breakfast Early" (1979). Shanachie 78002, "Solas" (1996).




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