Black Cat (1) (The)

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 Theme code Index    163H3H 3H2H77
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Contra
 Meter/Rhythm    Two-Step
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4
 History    USA(Mid Atlantic)
 Structure    ABAB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Simon Bronner
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Old-Time Music Makers of New York State
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 22, p. 92
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1987
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BLACK CAT [1]. Old-Time, Two-Step or Polka. USA, central New York State, New England. D Major ('A' part) & G Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABAB. The Hornellsville Hillbillies, an old-timey band from central New York in the 1930's and 40's, used this song as their signature tune, opening and closing dances and shows with it. Tolman and Page (The Country Dance Book) state the tune was a standard at New England dances during the 1930's, and used as a vehicle for various quadrilles which they describe. Bronner (1987) identifies that this tune bears some resemblances to "The Cat Came Back" in Christeson (1973, No. 10), but has more similarity to "Black Cat Quadrille-Part II" as recorded by the Henry Ford Orchestra in the 1930's on his private label Early American Dances (112-B {78 RPM}).

Source for notated version: Hornellsville Hillbillies, 1943 (New York State) [Bronner].

Printed source: Bronner (Old-Time Music Makers of New York State), 1987; No. 22, p. 92.