Annotation:Pastime on the Levee

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X:1 T:Pastime on the Levee M:C L:1/8 S:Howe – 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin E>FG>A B>cA>c | B>cA>c B>AG>F | E>FG>A B>cA>c | B>ee>^d e>BA>F | E>FG>A B>cA>c | B>cA>c B>AG>F | E>FG>A B>cA>c | B>ee>^d e2 zB || e>^de>f e>=dB>^c | d>^cd>e d>BA>F | e>^de>f e>=dB>^c | d>BA>G E3B | e>^de>f e>=dB>^c | d>^cd>e d>BA>F | g>ef>^d e>=dc>A |1 B>GA>F E>DB,>B, ||

PASTIME ON THE LEVEE. American, Hornpipe or Schottische. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Boston music publisher Elias Howe identified this tune as a “Negro Jig,” whose source was the repertoire of “Jimmy Norton, the Boss Jig Player.” Norton was presumably a band-leader or principal instrumentalist in the Boston, Massachusetts, area in the mid-19th century, and was the source for several tunes in the Howe publications. Paul Wells says "Norton is easily traced in directories from the early 1860's to the early 1890's. Often his business address was the same as Howe's" [1].

Francis O'Neill's "With Biddy by My Side" has an almost identical first strain, and while the second strains are harmonically similar, they are melodically different.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 49. Howe (Musician's Omnibus No. 6), Boston, c. 1880-1882; p. 418.

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  1. PAUL F. WELLS (2010). Elias Howe, William Bradbury Ryan, and Irish Music in Nineteenth-Century Boston. Journal of the Society for American Music, 4, p. 417.