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NATIONAL SCHOTTISCHE. AKA and see "Pretty Baby," "Snyder's Clock," "Military Schottische." American, Schottische. E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. 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.
Source for notated version:
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.