the centenary march

the centenary march

might seem like a stupid question but is the centenary march a polka or a march ?

Re: the centenary march

It is a March. As there is no "March" category for tunes on the site, contributors have to slot them into some other category. Read through the comments with the yune rather than relying on the selected type.

"The Centenary March" ~ !

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on October 6th 2004 by dlowder.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3655
https://thesession.org/tunes/3655/comments

For more examples, including the variety of time signatures possible, go to ‘Tunes’ and then click on the ‘Search’ tab and then just enter ‘march’… That will help explain the problem. Also, marches sometimes do a double duty, like for dance, including being played as a schottische or a polka. A number of ‘classic’ polkas in the Irish tradition had an earlier existence as marches, and still do that extra duty in some places. Marches are also used for various ‘heel-and-toe’ dances and were even used for the ‘sets of quadrilles’ / ‘square sets’ / set dances…

Re: the centenary march

much appreciated , thank you

Re: the centenary march

Marches can be played as polkas and vice versa. And jigs can be played as 6/8 marches and vice versa. And flings can become polkas. It is all in how you approach those bare bones notes, the meter, the ornaments, the amount of swing, etc.
One web site that I like to visit besides this one is The Fiddler’s Companion, http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/FCfiles.html, which gives the history of tunes, lists the traditions the tune appears in, and lists the forms the tunes take in those various traditions. You will frequently see a wide range of forms for many of the tunes, especially those in 4/4, 2/4, 2/2 time.