A Birthday polka

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A Birthday has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: A Birthday
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
[DG]g eg/e/|dB GF/E/|DF Ac|BG GD-|
Dg eg/e/|dB GF/E/|DF AB/A/|G4||
g2 fe|dB GF/E/|DF Ac|BG GD-|
Dg eg/e/|dB GF/E/|DF AB/A/|G4||
A3d|BG GB|Ad cA|BG GB|
A3d|BG GB|de/d/ cA|1 BG GB:|2 AG GD-||
2
X: 2
T: A Birthday
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dG ge|de/d/ cB|AD Ad|BG GD|
BG ge|de/d/ cB|AD AB|1 G3 D:|2 (G2 G/)A/B/A/||
ce ce|dd/c/ dd/e/|ff/e/ fa|g2 ee|
ce ce|dd/c/ dd/e/|fa/g/ fB|1 c3 c/G/:|2 c2 Ge||
dG ge|de/d/ cB|AD Ad|BG GD|
BG ge|de/d/ cB|AD AB|1 G3 D:|2 (G2 G/)A/B/A/||
3
X: 3
T: A Birthday
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A3c|BG GB|Ad cA|BG GB|
A3c|BG GB|de/d/ cA|1 AG GB:|2 BD G2||
4
X: 4
T: A Birthday
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 |
a2 g/a/g/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 ||
|: B2 Bd/B/ | cA Ac | Be d/c/B | c/B/A A2 |
B2 Bd | cA Ac |[1 ef/e/ dB | cA A2 :|[2 Be ^df | e2 c>d |]
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 |
a2 gf | ec A2 | EG Bc/d/ | cA A2 |
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 ||
|: B2 Bd | cA A2 | Be dB | cA A2 |
B2 B/c/d | cA Ac |[1 ee dB | A2 A2 :|[2 Be ^d/e/f | e2- e |]
Gg eg/e/ | dB GF/E/ | DF Ac | BG GD |
Gg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 |
g2 f/g/f/e/ | dB GF/E/ | DF Ac | BG GD |
Gg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 ||
|: A2 Ac/A/ | BG GB | Ad c/B/A | B/A/G G2 |
A2 Ac | BG GB |[1 de/d/ cA | BG G2 :|[2 Ad ^ce | d2 B>c |]
dg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF Ac | BG GD |
Gg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 |
g2 fe | dB G2 | DF A/B/c | BG G2 |
Gg eg/e/ | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 ||
|: A2 Ac | BG G2 | Ad cA | BG G2 |
A2 A/B/c | BG GB |[1 dd cA | G2 G2 :|[2 Ad ^c/d/e | d2- d |]
5
X: 5
T: A Birthday
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2- A :|
B2 Bd/B/ | cA Ac | Be d/c/B | c/B/A A2 |
B2 Bd | cA Ac |[1 ef/e/ dB | cA A :|[2 Be ^df | e2 c/d/ |]
dg eg/e/ | dB G2 | DF Ac | BG G2 |
g2 e/f/g/e/ | dB G/F/G/E/ | DF AF | BG G :|
A2 Ac/A/ | BG GD | Ad c/B/A/c/ | BG G2 |
A2 Ac | BG GB |[1 de/d/ c/B/A/F/ | GB G :|[2 Ad/B/ ^c/d/e/f/ | d2 G |]

Six comments

This is not the original version as heard on the said track since the final cadence to DMaj "…|Ad c^/d/e|d4||", or something like that, irritaded me! Sorry! ;- )

A Birthday Polka… for Pauline?

The 1st part of this polka sounds very much like the 2nd part of
La Pauline, a Contredanse from Normandy:
dG ge|de/d/ cB|AD Ad|BG GD|
BG ge|de/d/ cB|AD AB|1 G3 D:|2 (G2 G/)A/B/A/||
Is this coincidental?

The first part of La Pauline is different enough to warrant further comparison:
X: 1
T: La Pauline
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: Contredanse
K: Cmaj
ce ce|dd/c/ dd/e/|ff/e/ fa|g2 ee|
ce ce|dd/c/ dd/e/|fa/g/ fB|1 c3 c/G/:|2 c2 Ge||
K: Gmaj
dG ge|de/d/ cB|AD Ad|BG GD|
BG ge|de/d/ cB|AD AB|1 G3 D:|2 (G2 G/)A/B/A/||

there’s a version of this ‘contradanse’ at:
http://www.mustradlib.net/ (To get there, click on ‘La Musique’ in the list on the left, then on ‘Les Partitions’ and ‘Les Airs’ and select ‘Normandie’ on the right panel.)

alternative part2:
A3c|BG GB|Ad cA|BG GB|
A3c|BG GB|de/d/ cA|1 AG GB:|2 BD G2||

"A Birthday Polka" ~ C: Jim Murray - - - AMaj & GMaj transcriptions

X: 2
T: A Birthday
C: Jim Murray
S: "Sharon Shannon & Friends: Libertango", track 6, tune 3 of 3
N: with some other options given…
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: AMaj
B |\
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 |
a2 g/a/g/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 ||
|: B2 Bd/B/ | cA Ac | Be d/c/B | c/B/A A2 |
B2 Bd | cA Ac |[1 ef/e/ dB | cA A2 :|[2 Be ^df | e2 c>d |]
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 |
a2 gf | ec A2 | EG Bc/d/ | cA A2 |
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2 A2 ||
|: B2 Bd | cA A2 | Be dB | cA A2 |
B2 B/c/d | cA Ac |[1 ee dB | A2 A2 :|[2 Be ^d/e/f | e2- e |]

The following is the same as the previous but transposed down a step, from A to G…

X: 3
T: A Birthday
C: Jim Murray
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
A |\
Gg eg/e/ | dB GF/E/ | DF Ac | BG GD |
Gg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 |
g2 f/g/f/e/ | dB GF/E/ | DF Ac | BG GD |
Gg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 ||
|: A2 Ac/A/ | BG GB | Ad c/B/A | B/A/G G2 |
A2 Ac | BG GB |[1 de/d/ cA | BG G2 :|[2 Ad ^ce | d2 B>c |]
dg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF Ac | BG GD |
Gg eg | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 |
g2 fe | dB G2 | DF A/B/c | BG G2 |
Gg eg/e/ | dB GF/E/ | DF AB/A/ | G2 G2 ||
|: A2 Ac | BG G2 | Ad cA | BG G2 |
A2 A/B/c | BG GB |[1 dd cA | G2 G2 :|[2 Ad ^c/d/e | d2- d |]

"A Birthday Polka" ~ more possibilities

X: 4
T: A Birthday Polks
C: Jim Murray
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: AMaj
|: c/B/ |\
Aa fa/f/ | ec AG/F/ | EG Bd | cA AE |
Aa fa | ec AG/F/ | EG Bc/B/ | A2- A :|
|: G/A/ |\
B2 Bd/B/ | cA Ac | Be d/c/B | c/B/A A2 |
B2 Bd | cA Ac |[1 ef/e/ dB | cA A :|[2 Be ^df | e2 c/d/ |]

X: 5
T: A Birthday Polka
C: Jim Murray
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
|: ^c |\
dg eg/e/ | dB G2 | DF Ac | BG G2 |
g2 e/f/g/e/ | dB G/F/G/E/ | DF AF | BG G :|
|: D |\
A2 Ac/A/ | BG GD | Ad c/B/A/c/ | BG G2 |
A2 Ac | BG GB |[1 de/d/ c/B/A/F/ | GB G :|[2 Ad/B/ ^c/d/e/f/ | d2 G |]

The first lead-in on the G Major take could be any number of possibilties ~ A or B or ^c or ~