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X:1 T:Midnight Hour M:6/8 L:1/8 N:the third measure is perhaps |d2e dcB| B:Aird - Aird's 6th and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (c. 1803; No. p. 55). Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G GDG BGB|dBd g3|d2e dcA|ABG FED| GDG BGc|dBd g3|d2e dcB|AGF G3:| |:gfg efg|abg fed|efg dcB|ABG FED| gfg efg|abg fed|cea Bdg|AGF G3:|]

MIDNIGHT HOUR, THE. AKA - "Midnight Jig (2)." Scottish, Jig or March (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The first strain strongly resembles Bayard's "Ben Walker's Walk Around" (Bayard, Dance to the Fiddle, 1981, No. 371, p. 362). Although of Scottish provenance, "Midnight Hour" appears to have been popular with American fifers, and appears in several American fife and martial publications of the very early 19th century. Elias Howe printed the tune in the early 1880's but gave the title as "Midnight Jig" (instead of 'Hour').

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 6), c. 1803; No. 137, p. 55 ([1] [2]). Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 605. Cushing (The Fifer's Companion No. 1), 1805; No. 60, p. 26. Norris & Sawyer (The Village Fifer), 1808; p. 53. Robinson (Massachusetts Collection of Martial Musick), 1818, p, 36 & 1820, p. 50.

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