Dancing Mustang (The)
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DANCING MUSTANG, THE. AKA and see "Bonnell's Quickstep," "Virginia Quickstep (1)," "Major Crichton's Delight," "Davy Davy Knick Knack," "Hoe Cake." American, Reel. USA, southwestern Pa. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB or ABB. Bayard (1981) identifies this as an international tune (versions published in the British Isles, the Netherlands, and Holland) that originated as a fife or flagolet tune dating from the latter 18th or beginning 19th century. It was still known generally as a fife and drum band tune in southwestern Pa., where Bayard collected several versions. The tonal center shifts between 'D' and 'G', with cadences indicating 'D', but internal resting places on 'G'.
Source for notated version: fifers Charles Ganiear (Greene County, Pa., 1960, who had it from the Pittsburgh Pioneers Corps), and Hiram Horner (Westmoreland/Fayette Counties, Pa., 1962) [Bayard].
Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 210E-F, pp. 165-167.