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The Medley Overture by the little-known violinist Richard Charke was the prototype of a popular type of theatre piece in which popular tunes were combined in various ingenious ways. It starts with the ballad-opera tune ‘Dicky’s Walk’ which is soon combined with the march from Handel’s opera Scipio. In the repeated Allegro the identified tunes are ‘Adzooks’, ‘The Happy Clown’ (oboes and bassoon), ‘We’ve cheated the parson’ from Purcell’s King Arthur (in the bass), ‘Lilliburlero’, ‘Sir Eglamore’ (oboes and bassoon), ‘Girls and boys come out to play’ (oboes and bassoon), ‘Country bumpkin’ and ‘Tomorrow is St Valentine’s day’. The brief slow movement, harmonised in an intriguing mixture of 6/8 and 3/4, is slightly related to the tune now known as ‘Golden slumbers kiss your eyes’.