Annotation:Quick Step from the Battle of Prague

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X:1 T:Quick Step in the Battle of Prague M:2/4 L:1/8 R:March B:Aird – Sixth and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (1803, No. 155, p. 62) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D a>g ff|f>e dd|edec|d/e/f/e/ d/e/f/g/| a>g ff|fe dd| ed ec|d2!fermata!d2:| |:e2f2|{a}gg/f/ fg|f2 g2|{b}aa/g/ fa| ag gf|ag gf|ab/a/ gf|f2 e2!D.C.!:|]

QUICK STEP FROM THE BATTLE OF PRAGUE. AKA - "Battle of Prague (3)," "Quick March from the Battle of Prague." AKA and see "Turk's March (3)." English, March (2/4 time). D Major (Aird, Barber, Howe): C Major (Manson, Robinson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Quick Step from the Battle of Prague" is one of several marches contained in the larger work "Battle of Prague" (c. 1788) by the Czech-English composer Franz Kotzwara, who died in England in 1791. A descriptive, episodic work for piano, it features trumpet calls, patriotic airs, low bass rumbles in imitation of cannon fire, spirited passages for marching and attacking armies; each section bears a title or a description of what aspect of the battle is depicted in those measures. Indeed, many of the melodies from the piece found their way into popular and traditional music, including several marches. See notes for "annotation:Finale in the Battle of Prague" and "annotation:March in the Battle of Prague" for more.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Sixth and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; No. 155, p. 62. Barber (Nick Barber's English Choice), 2002; No, 60 p. 29 (as "Battle of Prague"). Elias Howe (First Part of the Musician's Companion), Boston, 1842; p. 12. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 603 (appears as "Turkish March"). Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 124. A. Robinson Jr. (Massachusetts collection of martial musick: containing a plain, easy and concise introduction to the grounds of martial musick), Exeter N.H., 1820; pp. 52-53.

Recorded sources : - DMPCD 0204, Nick & Mary Barber with Huw Jones - "Lovely Nancy" (2002).

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