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Music Page - The American Veteran Fifer

On this page you will find most of the tunes from the classic AVF collection.  This was published after the Civil War, probably around 1905, by Civil War veterans.

There are undoubtedly some errors; these were transcribed by hand and might have typos, so if you see something that doesn't look or sound right, please drop an email message back.   Many thanks to Peter Kosel of Sacramento, who spent a great deal of time checking, researching, and typing.  Between the two of us, hopefully we caught most of the errors.  In general, the music matches the printed page although there were a few obvious errors that were fixed.  These should be noted in the specific abc files for each tune.

Some possible errors have been noted in the transcribing.  These may not be errors, but in some instances the songs sound better with minor changes.
  • Cuckoo's Nest - The last measures of each part are too short.  The 8th notes have been changed to quarter notes.
  • Recruiting Sergeant - This sounds wrong.  Numerous C's in the first strain sound better as C#, but I'm not sure that is actually correct.  The music below is shown as it was printed.  Check the abc file for the alternate notes.
  • Dream Quickstep sounds better with a C# in the second part.  It is presented as originally written.
  • Dashing White Sergeant - again, change C to C# in the second part.  It is shown as printed.
  • Libby Prison - It's written with only one sharp.  Sounds terrible.  Key changed from G to D.
  • The Soldiers Lament - As published, the second strain of this song is identical to that of the preceding piece, Kippy Smith's Favorite.  I suspect a typographical error on the printer's part; this sounds wrong.  However, both are shown here as written in the book.
This is a complete listing of the basic 139 tunes in the original book, with one or two of the camp duty songs included.  The remainder of the regulation pieces are in process; there are some 20 additional songs.  These songs are saved in various formats; if you notice any problems or have questions, feel free to contact the webmaster.

The American Veteran Fifer


Adam Bells
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Midi
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All Is Well
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Midi
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All Take Tea
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American Eagle Quickstep
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Midi
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Anna
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Midi
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Arkansas Traveler
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Midi
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Assembly (Camp Duty)
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Midi
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B.F. Hillikers Quickstep
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Midi
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Bartlett's 2.S.
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Midi
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Biddy Oats
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Midi
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The Black Bird
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Midi
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Bob Tail Hoss
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Midi
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Major J. N. Bogarts Banquet
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Midi
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The Bonnie Blue Flag
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Midi
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Bonnie Doon
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Midi
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British Grenadiers No 1
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Midi
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British Grenadiers No 2
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Midi
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Burkholder Post No 115 G.A.R.
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Midi
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Campbells Are Coming
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Midi
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Carry Me Back To Virginny
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Midi
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C. E. Larrabees Lark
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Midi
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Charles Wallaces Quickstep
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Midi
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Charley Over the Water
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Midi
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Civil War Musicians Quickstep
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Midi
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College Hornpipe
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Midi
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Comin' Thro' The Rye
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Midi
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Corn Cob Clog
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Midi
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The Croquette
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Midi
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Cuckoo's Nest
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Midi
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The Dashing White Sergeant
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Midi
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Denman Duncan's Drumbeat
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Midi
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Dixie
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Midi
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Dream Q. S
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Midi
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E. A. Grows Quickstep
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Midi
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Ed Kellog's Q. S
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Midi
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Eddie Littleton's Libation
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Midi
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Eden Quickstep
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Midi
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Edna's Entracte
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Midi
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Erin Forever
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Midi
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Fannie's Festival
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Midi
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F. Deitzman's Quickstep
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Midi
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F.D. Steels Quickstep
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Midi
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The Fiefers Delight
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Midi
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Fifth Maine Quickstep
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Midi
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Finnigans Wake
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Midi
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Firemans Quick Step
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Midi
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Francis Murrays Musicale
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Midi
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French'es Favorite
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Midi
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From the Three Camps
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Midi
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Garry Owen
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Midi
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George Brown's Bonvivant
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Midi
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Get There Eli
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Midi
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Girl I Left Behind Me
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Midi
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Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself
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Midi
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Grace
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Midi
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Granny Will Your Dog Bite
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Midi
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Gray Eagle
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Midi
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Guilderoy
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Midi
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Haste To The Wedding
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Midi
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Hell On The Wabash
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Midi
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Henry's Halcyou
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Midi
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Howell's Quickstep
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Midi
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Highland Laddie (White Cockade)
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Midi
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Huntsman Hornpipe
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Midi
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Irish Washerwoman
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Midi
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The Jay Bird
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Midi
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Jefferson and Liberty
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Midi
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J H Ware's Quickstep
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Midi
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J. L. Blatchley Banter
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Midi
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J N Hamberger's Quickstep
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Midi
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Jobe's Quickstep
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Midi
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John Benjamin's Quickstep
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Midi
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John Brown or Glory Halleluah
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Midi
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John H Stuntz Quickstep
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Midi
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Johnny McGill
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Midi
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Jordan Is A Hard Road
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Midi
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J. T. Burbank's Quickstep
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Midi
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Kenderbeck's
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Midi
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Kinlock
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Midi
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Kippy Smith's Favorite
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Midi
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Lamplighter's Hornpipe
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Midi
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Langstons Quickstep
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Midi
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Larry O'Gaff
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Midi
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Lassie of Gowie
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Midi
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Leo Murrays Musetta
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Midi
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Leon Beall's Bonhomie
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Midi
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Libby Prison
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Midi
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Liverpool Hornpipe
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Midi
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M. A. Moon's Quickstep
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Midi
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Maggie's Melange
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Midi
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Mary's Dream
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Midi
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Mason's Quickstep
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Midi
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McLeods Reel
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Midi
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Merry Men Home From The War
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Midi
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Moulton's Quickstep
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Midi
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Montezuma
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Midi
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My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
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Midi
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Nancy Hanks
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Midi
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No Party Q.S.
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Midi
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O Lassie Art Thow Sleeping Yet
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Midi
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Off She Goes
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Midi
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Off To Charleston
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Midi
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Old 1812 Q. S.
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Midi
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Old 76 Stop March
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Midi
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Old Dan Tucker
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Midi
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On The Road To Boston
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Midi
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O.S & S.H. Quickstep
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Midi
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O! Susanna
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Midi
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Oyster River Hornpipe
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Midi
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Pernard Brown's Buffet
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Midi
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Post No. 2 G. A. R.
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Midi
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The Rambler
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Midi
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The Raw Recruit
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Midi
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The Recruiting Sergeant
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Midi
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Ricketts Hornpipe
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Midi
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The Rogue's March
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Midi
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Rory O'More
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Midi
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Ruth
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Midi
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Soldiers Joy
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Midi
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The Soldiers Lament
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Midi
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The Squirrel Hunter's QS
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Midi
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Tallewan
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Midi
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Tatter Jack
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Midi
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T.B. Jobes Jubilee
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Midi
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T.E. Hills Quickstep
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Midi
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Tom Brown's Burletta
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Midi
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The Turkey Gobbler
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Midi
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Turkey In The Straw
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Midi
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Twilight
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Midi
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Union Quickstep
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Midi
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Walters Quickstep
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Midi
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We Won't Go Home 'Till Morning
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Midi
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What Can The Matter Be
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Midi
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When We Go Down To Washington
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Midi
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White Cockade (Highland Laddie)
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Midi
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Widow Machree
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Midi
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Wild Goose
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Midi
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Wm Davenport's Quickstep
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Midi
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W. M. Larrabee Quickstep
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Midi
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Wrecker's Daughter
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Midi
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Yankee Doodle
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Midi
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Format notes:

  
PDF
 "Portable Display Format", by Adobe. Use the Acrobat Reader (acroread) to view and print these files.  They're formatted for US sized 8-1/2 by 11 inch pages.
JPG
 a picture format, sometimes known as JPEG.  Your web browser should be able to display these.  The jpg files here may be smaller size (and smaller scale) than the GIF images.  There's one song per page.
Midi
 a sound file. These are short and only contain the first part played one time through, followed by the second part played one time through (AB, not AABB as they are usually played).  The only exception is if there are first and second endings for the tune; then you get the whole thing. The tones should match your (B-flat) fife, although they are an octave low. The files are automatically generated and don't sound much like a fife, but will hopefully give you an idea of what it should sound like if you have difficulty following the written music.
abc
 a simple text format that contains the notes and lengths, along with some occasional notes on the tune. It's a format used on the Web to email tunes back and forth. It's not too legible, but it's very compact.  See the web pages for abc and abcplus on sourceforge for more information and pointers to various programs which allow you to read, play, and print music files.  There are LOTS of abc tune archives out there.

These files were generated with Barfly on a Macintosh computer.  The abc files have a non-standard notation on the key line (K:) to transpose the Midi output (t=8).  Also, some tunes have trilled notes, which are denoted by a T.



Last updated: 15-September-2004

 


 
 
 
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