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X:1 T:Grey Eagle [2] M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel N:Tune directly below “Grey Eagle” is “Wagner” S:G. McMillan music manuscript collection (1843) S:https://archive.org/stream/GMcMillanBook/MUMSS-S:00128#page/n13/mode/2up Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C e/>d/|c/>A/A/>c/ G/>A/G/>E/|G/>c/f/>e/ d/>c/d/>e/|c/>A/A/>c/ G/>A/G/>E/|G/>G/A/>B/ c e/>d/| c/>A/A/>c/ G/>A/G/>E/|G/>c/f/>e/ d/>c/d/>e/|g/>c/e/>c/ d/>c/A/>c/|G/>G/A/>B/ c!fermata!:| e/>f/|g/>e/ (3e/f/e/ g/>e/a/>f/|g/>e/ (3e/f/g/ a/>g/a/>c'/|a/>e/ (3e/f/e/ g/>e/a/>g/|f/>d/e/>c/ A e/>f/| g/>e/ (3e/f/e/ g/>e/a/>f/|g/>e/ (3e/f/g/ a/>b/|(3c'/b/a/ (3g/a/b/ (3c'/b/a/ g>e|f/>d/e/>c/ A!D.C.!||



GREY EAGLE [2]. AKA - "Gray Eagle." English, American; Hornpipe or Reel. USA, Central Pa. A Major (Raven): B Flat Major (Hardings); C Major (McMillan MS). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is related in the first strain to "Grey Eagle (1)" and hence to Nathaniel Gow's (or John Pringle's) "Miller of Drone (1) (The)." It was entered into the 1843 music manuscript collection of American fiddler G. McMillan [1], an unknown musician. It was printed directly above "Wagner" so there is no doubt the title refers to the famed Kentucky horse race between the two horses held in 1838 (see note for "Grey Eagle (1)").


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Ralph Sauers (Buffalo Valley, Central Pa.) [Guntharp].

Printed sources : - Guntharp (Learning the Fiddler's Ways), 1980; p. 72. Hardings All-Round Collection, 1905; No. 179, p. 57 (appears as "Gray Eagle"). Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 189.






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  1. Viewed at "American Vernacular Music Manuscripts, ca. 1730-1910," a collaborative project between the Center for Popular Music and the American Antiquarian Society [1]