Fox Chase and National Anthem
This is one that has been puzzling me for some time. In the Fox Hunt or Fox Chase (the long descriptive piping piece) there suddenly is a phrase (indicated ‘slow’ in O’Neill’s) that is very much alike the first bars of the national anthem of the USA.
Is this merely a coincidence? Or is there ‘proof’ that one was derived from the other? If so, which one is the oldest?