Queen of Hungary's Tattoo (The)

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QUEEN OF HUNGARY'S TATTOO, THE. English, March (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. In addition to the Thompson's 1760 fife tutor, the march was printed in Longman & Broderip's Entire and Compleat Instructions for the Fife (London, 1780), and John Preston's Entire New and Complete Instructions for the Fife. The melody also appears in the American publications Norris & Sawyer's The Village Fifer (1808) and Joshua Cushing's The Fifer’s Companion, No. 1 (1805). The word 'tattoo' in the title refers to it's military use and, according to Wikipedia, "comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap"), a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks." A tattoo has come to mean a showy military musical performance.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thompson (Compleat Tutor for the Fife), 1760; p. 15.

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