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CHAPULTEPEC. AKA and see "Sam Palmer." American, March (6/8 time). USA, southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bayard (1981) notes that this was one of the "best-loved and most commonly used" fife tunes in southwestern Pa. and West Va. The title is undoubtedly from the Mexican War conflict of the late 1840's. The 'A' part of "The Steamboat" (Kennedy) corresponds with most versions of this tune. The alternate title is named for an influential fifer in southwestern Pennsylvania, who played the tune. The alternate Pennsylvania title "Sam Palmer" derives from the name of fifer who taught it to Bayard's southwestern Pennsylvania source (Lloyd Grimm), but the tune was generally known as "Chapultepec."
Source for notated version: Bayard collected the tune from 6 southwestern Pa. fifers or martial fife bands repertoire.
Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 599A-F.