Quasimodo’s polka

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X: 1
T: Quasimodo's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|"G"DG GA|"D"B3/2A/2 GF|"Am"EA AB|"D7"cA AF|
"G"DG GA|"D"BA GF|"G"G/2B3/2 "D7"F/2A3/2|"G"G3:|
|:d|"C" ed Bd|ed Bd|"D7"cB AG|A2 AA|
"G"B/2G3/2 "D"A/2F3/2|"C"G/2E3/2 "D" DD|"C"E/2G3/2 "D"F/2A3/2|"G" G3:|
|:"G" g|"D7"fe dc|"G"BA Gg|"D7"fe dc|"G"BA Gg|
"C"ec "D7"Af|"G"dB Gg|"C"ec "D7"Af "G"g3:|

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Quasimodo’s

I don’t know where this catchy polka came from. It’s been going the rounds for a few years now in sessions in Yorkshire. I got it from friends who frequent the Harrogate Tuesday session and they have a note that it came from the Sussex Tune Book, but as that lists tunes from all directions which are played in that area, this tells us nothing about its ultimate origins. Esmerelda’s Polka is in much the same style - this turned up only last year and was so-named, after a quick ballot of session members, as it went with Quasimodo’s. I have not posted the latter, but if anyone is interested, I will.

Chris B.

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"The latter" - I meant of course, Esmerelda’s. Whoops!
CB.

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Are the dotted notes correct? (A part - bar 7, B part bars 5-7) Somehow my brain wants to hear long before short (as in bar 2).

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It’s No. 49 as an untitled polka in the Sussex Tune Book (Ed. Anne Loughran and Vic Gammon) where it’s set in the key of C. I’m told that it was Vic Gammon who gave it the name ‘Quasimodo’s’. As to the reason for the moniker - and the provenance of the tune - you might have to ask him. It’s played in sessions in Sussex and, yes, the dotted notes are correct - or at least, that’s how it’s played round here.

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The reason for the name is the descending note sequence, like a peal of bells supposedly. I’ll ask Vic when I get a chance. Thanks both!

Chris B.

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PS. The dotted notes are what used to be called a Scotch Snap, which is not a photo taken in Aberdeen!

CB.

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Having just played through the setting of the tune that I picked up locally, I was on the point of adding a note to this thread but you got there a minute ahead of me, Chris. You’re right: it’s a tune that concertinists milk by swinging the instrument while playing the third part. As you say, it’s the peal-of-bells effect that clearly prompted Vic to attach the title.

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It feels grand playing it anyway!

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I guess first bar should be "DG GA" to match the others.
Did you ever get around to posting Esmereldas?

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‘I guess first bar should be "DG GA" to match the others’.
Yes, that’s how it’s notated in the Sussex Tune Book. (Except it’s "GC CD" because it’s in C major there).

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