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 Theme code Index    5151 4461H
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time, Texas/Oklahoma
 Meter/Rhythm    Schottische/Schottis/Jennkka/Reinlander
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Mixolydian
 Time signature    4/4
 History    USA(Southwest)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Stacy Phillips
 Book/Manuscript title    Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 2
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 24
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1995
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BON TON SCHOTTISCHE. American, Schottische (cut time, "with a 6/8 feel"). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Attributed to Hugh Farr. 'Bon Ton' means the 'fashionable elite', the high society. There was a French fashion magazine in the last century named the Bon Ton, and a New York City concert saloon also sported the name. Brooks McNamara, in his book The New York Concert Saloon: The Devil's Own Nights (2002, pg. 42), records:

At the Bon Ton in 1864 there apparently was only a piano for entertain- Ment, and customers who sang. "The man from Lake Lomand," noted the Clipper (a periodical of the era), "after warbling the air of a tune to himself, volunteered to sing the praises of 'Bonnie Annie, blithe and gay'; and as he warmed to his work, by his pantomimic motions it is evident he imagined himself once more in the land of the shamrocks [sic] ganging aw' o'er the heath to the village with his lassie as a companion."

Source for notated version: Texas style fiddler Hugh Farr [Phillips]. Texas-born Farr (1903-1980) performed in the 1930's and 1940's with the original Sons of the Pioneers (along with Les Slye, better known as Roy Rogers).

Printed source: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 24.


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