Dr. Fauster’s Tumblers polka

Also known as Doctor Fauster’s Tumblers, Dr. Fausters’ Tumblers.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Dr. Fauster's Tumblers has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Dr. Fauster's Tumblers
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D | GD GA | BG Bc | d2 cB | A/G/A/B/ AD |
GD GA | BG Bc | d2 cB | A3 :|
|: d | dc/d/ Bd | dc/d/ Bg | gf ea | fe/f/ dd |
dc/d/ BB | BA/B/ GD | Ec AF | G3 :|
X: 2
T: Dr. Fauster's Tumblers
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d | dA de | fd fg | a2 gf | e/d/e/f/ ed |
dA de | fd fg | a2 gf | e3 :|
|: A | AG/A/ FA | AG/A/ FA | dc Be | cB/c/ Aa |
ag/a/ ff | fe/f/ dd | Fd Ec | d3 :|

Seven comments

A tune that is played at one of my local sessions. I’ve transcribed it as a polka, but it’s really more of a 2/4 march.

According to session.org member ColinMc (who kindly provided the title of it for me) the tune dates back to the 18th century.

Dr. Fauster’s Tumblers, X:2

From Playford’s Dancing Master Volume 3, 2nd Edition, 1726
Dance instructions…
Longways for as many as will. Each Strain twice

The first Man Sets to the second Woman and turns single, and then
Back to Back with her .| The second man and the first Woman do the same :|
Then the first and second Man fall back to the Wall, and the two Woman
the same at the same time, and change into their Partners Places, then
all four fall back and change into their own Places |.
Then cast off, and go the whole Figure with the third Couple,
and turn your Partner into her proper Place |:

Re: Dr. Fauster’s Tumblers

Cld this be Dr Faustus (the idiot who sold his soul to the devil)? It seems likely. Saw Marlowe’s Dr Faustus in Stratford very well done, I recall some sinister music. Faustus and Mephistopholes : 2 parts shared by the 2 actors, a light was struck each evening to determine who wld take the part (amazing having to learn 2 major roles not knowing which one would play on the evening). I like background details, sorry if they annoy some.

Re: Dr. Fauster’s Tumblers

Other sources do have the tune as Dr Faustus’ Tumblers.