Old Man and Old Woman Scoldin' (The)

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OLD MAN AND OLD WOMAN SCOLDIN', THE. AKA and see "Governor King's March." American, Air (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A (slow tempo), BB (fast tempo). Bayard (1944) states that tunes with titles similar to this, and with the same quasi-programmatic idea (i.e. a slow part for the old man, a quick one for the old woman) have long been known in both British and American folk music repertoires. This tune is an old western Pennsylvania fifer's march revised to fit the 'Old Man and Woman' pattern: it is a shortened form of "Governor King's March." Some Irish specimens of the form appear (though not this tune) in Petrie, Nos. 529, 1225, where the situation indicated by the titles is that of a young woman married to an old man.

Mrs. Sarah Armstrong

Source for notated version: Mrs. Sarah Armstrong (fiddler from Derry, Pa., 1943) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Hill Country Tunes), 1944; No. 80.

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