Across the River
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ACROSS THE RIVER. Old‑Time, Quadrille (6/8 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bayard (1944) prints a tune collected around Dunbar, Western Pa., that is similar to the 'A' part of "Across the River." An untitled tune in Bayard (1981), collected in the 1930's, also "slightly resembles" "Across the River" as printed in Ira Ford's collection. Bayard thought that both tunes were made up of strains "familiar everywhere" and condidered they may have been played by fifers due to the lilt and cadence.
Printed sources: Bayard (Hill Country Tunes), 1944; No. 26. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 512, pg. 464. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 49.