Eighteen-Twelve March (The)

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EIGHTEEN-TWELVE (1812) MARCH, THE. AKA - "1812," "Old 1812 Quickstep." AKA and see "Ye'll Aye Be Welcome Back Again," "Duncan Davison," "Duncan Davidson]]," "Maggy's Weame Is Fu I Trow," "Handy Andy's Highland Fling." American, March (2/4 time). USA, southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning. AB (Bayard): AABB (Sweet). This march has long been played by many southwestern Pennsylvania martial bands, according to Bayard (1981), but the parent tune is Scottish being called "Duncan Davidson," "Ye'll Aye Be Welcome Back Again," or (in one source) "Gentle Ann" (Aird). Glen says of these Scottish tunes that the Welcome Back air is the older, and that "Duncan Davidson" was composed by Robert Burns; however he thinks the ancestral tune to be "Strick upon a Strogin," which appears in the Leyden Manuscript of 1692 (Bayard seems somewhat skeptical of this).

Source for notated version: Hiram Horner (Westmoreland and Fayette Counties, Pa., 1963) [Bayard].

Printed sources: American Veteran Fifer, 1927; No. 50. Company of Fifers and Drummers '76, 1974; p. 76. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 348, pp. 340-341. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 51.

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