The Snowdrop Polka barndance

Also known as The Snow Drop Polka, Snowdrop, The Snowdrop.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Snowdrop Polka has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Snowdrop Polka
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
P: A
|: e | dGBd edBG | F2 c2 c3 A | FGAB cdef | gGBd gGBc |
dGB/c/d edBG | F2 c2 c3 A | FEDE FGAB | G2 g2 G3 :|
P: B
|: B | cc c2 ee e^c | dd d2 g4 | fffd a2 gf | gggd b3 B |
c2 c2 ee e2 | dddB g4 | ^c2 Ac f2 e2 | d2 c2 A3 :|
P: A
|: e | dGBd edBG | Fc c2 c4 | FGAB c2 d/e/f | gGBd g2 G2 |
d2 Bd edBG | F2 c2 c4 | D[^CA]DE FGAB | G2 g2 G3 :|
P: C - trio
K: CMaj
G | E2 F2 ^F2 G2 | c6 cB | A3 B dcBA | G4- GGAG |
^F2 d2 =F3 F | E2 c2 E3 E | D2 B2 A2 D/E/F | G2 G/A/G AG ^F=F |
E2 F2 ^F2 G2 | c4- ccBc | A2 B2 c2 d2 | e6 e2 |
d2 g2 f3 A |G2 f2 e3 c | e/f/e d2 B2 G2 | c4- ccc |]

Twelve comments

“The Snowdrop Polka” ~ for Kenny & Aberdeen

I’ll be adding other transcriptions later, for comparison, but hope others may have different takes on it as well. For now, here’s a link to one set of dots, with accompaniment too:

http://www.classicbanjo.com/
http://www.classicbanjo.com/music.php
http://www.classicbanjo.com/music/pdf/SnowdropPolka.pdf
"Arranged for the Piccolo Banjo (tuned in C) with accompaniment for Pianoforte or second Banjo.

Ways of ordering it: AABBAAC, as given here, and alternately ~ AABBACABBACA & AABBACCA

& a couple of YouTubes too ~

Snowdrop Polka - Scottish Classic Banjo Quartet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDWbHtzxltM


Snowdrop Polka - The Auld Alliance Banjo Sextet!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc-bCDStIUk

YouTubes by the dots, but you’d have guessed that with your eyes closed… ;-)

Instead of 2/4 or 2/2 I’ve given this in 4/4…

Sounds so very late Victorian!! Fun tune…

It does indeed. I’ve a composer and a date somewhere, I think. But I’ll be back with more… If memory serves me right it is late 1800s, early 20th Century… I’ll be back.

“Snowdrop Polka” ~ Kerr’s

X: 2
T: Snowdrop Polka
S: "Kerr’s Fourth Collection of Merry Melodies", page 44, tune #401
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
P: A
|: d |\
d/G/B/d/ e/d/B/G/ | Fc c2 | F/G/A/B/ c/d/e/f/ | g/G/B/d/ gG |
d/G/B/d/ e/d/B/G/ | Fc c2 | D/^C/D/E/ F/G/A/B/ | Gg G :|
P: B
|: c |\
c/c/c e/e/e | d/d/d g2 | f/f/f a2 | g/g/g b2 |
c/c/c e/e/e | d/d/d g2 | ^c/c/c fe | dd/d/ d :|
P: A
|: d |\
d/G/B/d/ e/d/B/G/ | Fc c2 | F/G/A/B/ c/d/e/f/ | g/G/B/d/ gG |
d/G/B/d/ e/d/B/G/ | Fc c2 | D/^C/D/E/ F/G/A/B/ | Gg G :|
P: C - trio
K: CMaj
|: G |\
EF ^FG | c3 B | A>B d/c/B/A/ | G3 G |
Fd F>F | Ec E>E | DB AD | GG/G/ GG |
EF ^FG | c3 B | AB cd | e3 e |
dg f>A |Gf e>e | ed B>G | c3 :|
P: A
K: GMaj
|: d |\
d/G/B/d/ e/d/B/G/ | Fc c2 | F/G/A/B/ c/d/e/f/ | g/G/B/d/ gG |
d/G/B/d/ e/d/B/G/ | Fc c2 | D/^C/D/E/ F/G/A/B/ | Gg G :|

Kerr transcription ~

D.C. / Da Capo after both the B part and the C part… The Kerr transcription in the book is AA BB (D.C.) CC (D.C.)…

“The Snowdrop Polka” ~ ABCs for the PDF link above

While it is given as 2/4 in the PDF, for a more open transcription and for comparison with the one I’ve given here I’m likewise giving the ABCs that follow as 4/4 instead of 2/4 or 2/2…

X: 3
T: Snowdrop Polka, The
X: 3
T: Snowdrop Polka, The
S: http://www.classicbanjo.com/music/pdf/SnowdropPolka.pdf
N: "Arranged for the Piccolo Banjo (tuned in C) with accompaniment for Pianoforte or second Banjo.
N: Instead of 2/4 or 2/2 given as 4/4
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
P: A
|: d2 |\
dGBd edBG | F2 c2 c4 | FGAB cdef | gGBd g2 G2 |
dGBd edBG | F2 c2 c4 | DEDE FGAB | G2 g2 G2 :|
P: B
c2 |:\
[Ac][Ac] [A2c2] [ce][ce] [c2e2] | [Bd][Bd] [B2d2] [B4d4g4] | [[cf][cf] [c2f2] a4 | [Bdg][Bdg] [B2d2g2] b4|
[Ac][Ac] [A2c2] [ce][ce] [c2e2] | [Bd][Bd] [B2d2] [B4d4g4] | [G^c][Gc] [G2c2] [A2f2] [G2e2] |[1 [F2d2] dd d2 d2

:|[2 [F2d2] dd d2 ||
"D.C."
P: C - trio
K: CMaj
|: G2 |\
E2 F2 ^F2 G2 | c6 B2 | A3 B dcBA | G6 G2 |
F2 d2 F3 F | E2 c2 E3 E | D2 B2 A2 D2 | G2 GG G2 G2 |
E2 F2 ^F2 G2 | c6 B2 | A2 B2 c2 d2 | e6 e2 |
d2 g2 f3 A |G2 f2 e3 e | e2 d2 B2 G2 | c2 z2 [E2G2c2] :|
"D.C."

Simplified ~

K: GMaj
P: A
|: d2 |\
dGBd edBG | F2 c2 c4 | FGAB cdef | gGBd g2 G2 |
dGBd edBG | F2 c2 c4 | DEDE FGAB | G2 g2 G2 :|
P: B
c2 |:\
cc c2 ee e2 | dd d2 g4 | ff f2 a4 | gg g2 b4|
cc c2 ee e2 | dd d2 g4 | ^cc c2 f2 e2 |[1 d2 dd d2 d2 :|[2 d2 dd d2 ||
"D.C."
P: C - trio
K: CMaj
|: G2 |\
E2 F2 ^F2 G2 | c6 B2 | A3 B dcBA | G6 G2 |
F2 d2 F3 F | E2 c2 E3 E | D2 B2 A2 D2 | G2 GG G2 G2 |
E2 F2 ^F2 G2 | c6 B2 | A2 B2 c2 d2 | e6 e2 |
d2 g2 f3 A |G2 f2 e3 e | e2 d2 B2 G2 | c2 z2 c2 :|
"D.C."

AAA! Notepad! Here’s the B-part again, this time hopefully whole ~

P: B
c2 |:\
[Ac][Ac] [A2c2] [ce][ce] [c2e2] | [Bd][Bd] [B2d2] [B4d4g4] | [[cf][cf] [c2f2] a4 | [Bdg][Bdg] [B2d2g2] b4|
[Ac][Ac] [A2c2] [ce][ce] [c2e2] | [Bd][Bd] [B2d2] [B4d4g4] | [G^c][Gc] [G2c2] [A2f2] [G2e2] |[1 [F2d2] dd d2 d2 :|[2 [F2d2] dd d2 ||
“D.C.”

“The Snowdrop Polka” ~ C: Charles D. Blake

Unfortunately what I was able to find, a library listing, did not include notation I could see, only the following information ~

"The Snowdrop Polka"
Composed by Charles D. Blake (Charles Dupee), 1847 - 1903
London: W. Paxton & Co.; Melbourne: E.W. Cole, [ca. 1912].
3 pages of music; 36 cm.

Charles Blake was probably one of thein that time many British tourists in the alps….

Großartig! (gross artifice)

Danke für Obst und Südfrüchte!
(Ich kann mittel-europäisch Umpahpah nicht ausstehen)

(courtesy of http://www.dict.cc !)