Washington's March (1)

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WASHINGTON’S MARCH [1]. AKA and see “Exhibition March No. 1,” “Matelotte,” “Black Horse (1),” “Morning Fair,” “Texarkana Hornpipe,” “Golden Farmer (The),” “Tomorrow Morning.” American, March (4/4 time). USA, southwestern Pa. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB. Bayard (1981) identifies this as an international tune (usually played as a march, but sometimes a dancing tune) with numerous titles, “most of them being ‘Somebody’s March’ or ‘Some Regiment’s March’” (p. 252). It appears in Boehme (1886, No. 345) as a Dutch Dance, in Forestier & Anderson (Norway Music Album, 1881, No. 5, p. 114) as a wedding march, and in the Journal of the Welsh Folk Song Society (vol. 2, Pt. 1, p. 40) in a vocal set. Distanced versions appear as a hornpipe called “Tomorrow Morning” in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) and in Frank Roche's collection as “Black Horse (1).” Under the title “Washington’s March” the melody appears in the manuscript collection of the American painter William Sidney Mount (Stony Brook, Long Island, New York), dated August 20th, 1843.

Source for notated version: Samuel Losch (fiddler from Juniata County, Pa., 1930’s) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 297, p. 252.

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