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The National Music of America. 135
air certainly has its origin in the music of the free Pyrenees; the first strains are identically those of the heroic " Danza Esparta," as it was played to me, of brave old Biscay.
" Very truly yours,
" Buckingham Smith. " Madrid, June 3, /8j8."
But there is no record of the further in­vestigation promised above ever having been made.
It is stated that Louis Kossuth, when in this country, recognised the melody as re­sembling one of the tunes of his fatherland.
And now to leave the realm of supposi­tion, and study what is definitely discovered regarding this merry theme. There are few early printed editions of the melody; it oc­curs in George Colman's opera (printed in 1784), entitled "Two to One." The music of this was selected and arranged, although the title-page says "composed," by Doctor Arnold. In this work is a song entitled "Adzooks, Old Crusty, Why so Rusty?"
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