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HUNTSMAN'S CHORUS. AKA - "Hunter's Chorus," "Huntsmen's Chorus." AKA and see "Bunker Hill (1)" (Pa.), "Harrison City" (Pa.), "A Drag" (Pa.). British Isles, New England; Country Dance (2/4 time) or Morris Dance (4/4 time) Tune. C Major (Manson): D Major (Ashman, Brody): G Major (Phillips, Wade). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Ashman): AABB. A march called the "Huntsman's Chorus" (Was glecht wohl auf Erden) which opens the third act of Carl Maria von Weber's opera Der Freischütz, first performed in Berlin in 1821. Known by the "Huntsman's Chorus" title in England and New England, but not apparently in Pennsylvania (see alternate names) where it was a staple of many martial bands, though in fact it was printed in several 19th century collections under the main title. It was used as a quickmarch in England as well as Pennsylvania, particularly by the Rifle Brigade, the 95th Regiment, in the mid-1800's (Winstock, 1970; p. 220). The melody was used as a tune for either a polka or single step morris dance in the North-West (England) tradition. A related, untitled, polka was collected by Brendan Breathnach from the playing of John Ryan, from a Radio Éireann recording (see CRÉ V, No. 85, p. 45). A multipart version appears in the 1823–26 music manuscript book of Joshua Gibbons (Tealby, Lincolnshire Wolds) under the title "Election Tune, June 1826," attributed to one L. Hanson. Interesting in that in documents that the melody, or part of it, had entered folk tradition in England in the space of a few years.
See also "Waltz in der Freischütz."