Taylor’s Quickstep polka

Also known as Monongahela College, Dandy Jim O’ Caroline, Monongahela College, Dandy Jim O’ Caroline,.

Taylor's Quickstep has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Taylor's Quickstep
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:A>B cd|ef gz|G2 BG|dG BG|A>B cd|ea az|g>f gB|A4:|
|:ge e2|ge e2|f2 df|a2 f2|e>d ef|gf ed|BA GB|A4:|
2
X: 2
T: Taylor's Quickstep
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ABcd efge|G2BG dGBG|ABcd eaba|gfgB BAA2:|
|:geef gee2|d2fd adfd|edef gfed|BAGB BAA2:|

Five comments

March

Its a March, not a polka although it could make a great reel… I do play it as a reel sometimes and its very effective that way. It’s a traditional tune and to me it’s beautiful and versatile and it’s one of those tunes that really hits me in a deep way. As usual I’ll post some details about it later.

Does seem to have an aural connection to the Ballydesmond No. 1 polka though!

From Ceolas Fiddler’s

MONONGAHELA COLLEGE. AKA and see "Taylor’s Quickstep," "Dandy Jim o’ Carloline." American, March. USA; southwestern Pa., Albemarle County, Va. D Major. Standard. AB. A once very well-known fife march from southwestern Pa. Bayard (1981) sees this piece as a condensed or contracted form of a longer piece, probably "The Templehouse."

Monongahela College is an institution of learning in western Pennsylvania. Sources for notated versions: Hiram Horner (fifer from Westmoreland and Fayette Counties, Pa., 1944), Samuel Palmer (Fayette County, Pa., 1944), Mount Pleasant Tablatures, Hoge MS. [Bayard]. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981A-D, pgs. 183-185. Southern Folklore Quarterly, Vol. VI, pg. 10.