Annotation:John Brown's Polka

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JOHN BROWN POLKA. American, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. From the music manuscripts of Setauket, Long Island, painter and fiddler William Sidney Mount, dated August, 1863, "as played by W.S. Mount." The tune is a polka rendering of the song "John Brown's Body Lies a-Mouldering in the Grave" (AKA "Battle Hymn of the Republic"), and perhaps is Mount's own adaptation (since he untypically credits himself as the source).

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