Colored Aristocracy reel

Also known as Coloured Aristocracy, Southern Aristocracy.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Colored Aristocracy has been added to 4 tune sets.

Colored Aristocracy has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Colored Aristocracy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE | "G" G2 GG E2 D2 | "G" G6 A2 | "Bm" B2 BBBA G2 | "Em" E6 d2 |
"C" e2 f2 gf e2 | "G" d2 d2 BA G2 | "D" A2 A2 "A7" B2 ^c2 | "D" d6 DE|
"G" G2 GG E2 D2 | "G" G6 A2 | "Bm" B2 BBBA G2 | "Em" E6 d2 |
"C" e2 f2 gf e2 | "G" d2 d2 BA G2 | "D" A2 B2 =cB A2 | "G" G6 |]
ef | "G" g2 f2 e2 d2 | "G" B6 d2 | "C" e2 f2 e2 d2 | "G" B6 d2|
"C" e2 f2 gf e2 | "G" d2 d2 BA G2 | "D" A2 A2 "A7" B2 ^c2 | "D" d6 ef |
"G" g2 f2 e2 d2 | "G" B6 d2 | "C" e2 f2 e2 d2 | "G" B6 d2 |
"C" e2 f2 gf e2 | "G" d2 d2 BA G2 | "D" A2 B2 =cB A2 | "G" G6 |]
X: 2
T: Colored Aristocracy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2 E2 F2 |G2- G>A G>E D2 | G6 A2 | B2 B>c B>A G2 | E8 |\
e2- e>f g>f e2 | d2- d>e d2 B2 | A2- A>B c2 ^c2 | d4 D>E F2 |
G2 G>A G>E D2 | G4 G2- G>A | B2- B>c B>A G2 | E6- E>e |\
e2 e>f g>f e2 | d2 d>e d>c B2 | A>^GA>d- d>B A2 | G6 ||
f2 |g2- g>a g>e d2 | e6 ^d2 | e2 e>g e2 d2 | B6 d2 |\
c2- c>d e2 d>c | B>^A (3Bc^c d2 B2 | A2 B2 c2 ^c2 | d2 ^d2 e2- e>f |
g2 g>a g>e d2 | e6 ^d2 | e2- e>g g>e d2 | B6 d2 |\
c2 c>d (3efe d>c | B>^AB>^c d2 B2 | B>^AB>d- dB =A2 | G2 |]

Seven comments

Southern Aristocracy

A tune that’s occasionally played at our monthly old-timey session in Bristol (UK).

Origin: “Colored Aristocracy” ~ Mudcat discussion

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=24017

A popular tune for American contra dances, Big Circle, New England Squares/Quadrilles, The Grand March/Promenade, and the Cakewalk… We used to play this one quite a lot…

It’s earliest and most widely known name being "Colored Aristocracy", with the supposedly P.C. version coming in the 20th Century: "Southern Aristocracy"…

‘Late’ 2oth Century…

& ~ old time squares, and running sets…

X:2 “Colored Aristocracy”

Another take, courtesy of yours truly. I’ll chase up some others as I know we must have several other transcriptions for this around the house, somewhere, and probably quite a few recordings too, though probably on LPs, and I still haven’t committed to purchasing a new turntable and phono stage. We gave our beloved in-line turntable away to friends. :-( I’m still researching the options, with the manufacturers Rega / VPI / Pro-Ject / Clearaudio / Michell / Wilson Benesch / Linn ~ etc., in the running, with a slight favourable lean towards British designs and manufacture… Sigh!? ;-)

Minus the swing (>)…

Re: Colored Aristocracy

As I recall this was recorded by the New Lost City Ramblers who got from a West Virginia field recording by Charles Seeger. There is a 19th century cakewalk by this title but, as far as I can tell it has no melodic relationship to this tune.