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X:1 T:National Schottische M:2/4 L:1/8 N:Appears as first figure of "May Flower Schottische Quadrilles" B:Elias Howe - Musician's Omnibus No. 1 (1863, p. 56) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G B/c/|db ca|Bg g/d/B/G/|Fe e/d/c/A/|Gg g/d/B/c/| db ca|Bg g/d/B/G/|Fe e/d/c/A/|G{A}G/F/ GOy|| B/4A/4^G/4A/4|gfe f/4e/4^d/4e/4|fed e/4d/4^c/4d/4|eB ^cA|d/4e/4f/4g/4 f B/A/^G/A/| fed e/4d/4^c/4d/4|eB ^cA|d^d f/e/=d/=c/!D.C.!y|| GA/B/ c/d/e/f/|gB d2|eA c2|dG B2| GA/B/ c/d/e/f/|gB d2|eA cF|GG/F/ G B/c/!D.C.!Oy|]

NATIONAL SCHOTTISCHE. AKA and see "Curlew Hills Polka (The)," "German Schottische (1)," "Pretty Baby," "Snyder's Clock," "Heel and Toe Polka (8)," "Military Schottische," "National Schottische." American, Schottische. E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. "National Schottische" was a widely known 19th century melody with numerous titles and variants, popular throughout Britain and Ireland, the United States and on the Continent. The "National Schottische" appears in various publications of the Boston-based Elias Howe company. It is the first figure in "May Flower Schottishe Quadrilles" in his Musician's Omnibus No. 1 (1863), a quadrille entirely made up of schottisches. The tune was printed as a banjo duet in S.S. Stewart's Banjo and Guitar Journal (1886), juxtaposed against the familiar melody "Home Sweet Home (1)," a setting mirrored in the Glasgow-published Kerr's Merry Melodies (c. 1880's). It appears as "National Schottische, or Good Luck Polka" attributed to English composer Charles D'Albert in "The Jullien Collection of Flute and Violin Music," published by Oliver Ditson, Boston, 1854. Antoine Jullien, originally from France, was a prominent London bandleader who toured America in the 1850's.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Howe (Diamond School for the Violin), 1861, p. 56. Howe (Musician's Omnibus, No. 1), 1863; p. 56. Lee, "Banjo Duet," S.S. Stewart's Banjo and Guitar Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, Aug./Sept. 1886; p. 10. Jullien (The Jullien Collection of Flute and Violin Music), 1854, p. 44.

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