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dedogtent
09-11-2008, 11:19 AM
A friend in my company sent me this link today which I think is very good. A few of us in the 2nd Delaware are striving this year to be better musicians...camp musicians for fun that is. Check it out and let me know what you think: http://pdmusic.org/

TheColorBearer
09-11-2008, 01:54 PM
A friend in my company sent me this link today which I think is very good. A few of us in the 2nd Delaware are striving this year to be better musicians...camp musicians for fun that is. Check it out and let me know what you think: http://pdmusic.org/


Awesome website, lots of good stuff on there, thanks for posting it.

Company Fiddler
09-17-2008, 09:39 AM
Here is another site to check out. civilwarmusic.net/index.php

mtodriscoll
11-24-2008, 02:21 PM
This site is great: http://vvfdc.org/sheetmusic.php

They have sheet Music for fife and drum plus some samples of them playing the pieces as well. Highly recommended.

33rdaladrummer
11-24-2008, 06:11 PM
This site is great: http://vvfdc.org/sheetmusic.php

They have sheet Music for fife and drum plus some samples of them playing the pieces as well. Highly recommended.

Caution with that one. Most fife and drum corps today play a lot of post-war tunes and drumbeats.

You can find period fife and drum manuals for free here:

http://www.fifedrum.org/resources/

And you can buy them here:

www.beafifer.com

www.ropedrum.com

By the way, I have lots of original fife and drum music in electronic format that I am always happy to share.

Copying modern or "ancient" fife and drum corps (and even sometimes Civil War reenactor field music groups) can be a slippery slope. You'd be surprised how many modern influences have made their way into reenactor field music groups. But much progress is being made in terms of authenticity. The best way is to go directly to the period manuals.

Will Chappell
Liberty Hall Fifes and Drums

mtodriscoll
12-02-2008, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the heads up. I think I actually found the site I linked above after a long browsing session that started with your resource link. Probably on the fife drum web ring...

The fife I use is a Model F from the 'beafifer' site, so I'm familiar with that one. I play it more for fun around camp than for "issuing of orders" and the like - but it's still good to play pieces that would have been period correct.

I think I have some period manuals in PDF form - but they're mostly for "orders" and the like. Not much to listen to around the fire. ;)

Do you have some links to period music they may have played for "fun"?

Thanks,

33rdaladrummer
12-02-2008, 05:56 PM
In addition to the camp duty calls, you find many quicksteps and popular tunes of the day in the various fife and drum manuals like Hart's, Howe's, and Nevins. Tunes like Ole Zip Coon, Girl I Left Behind Me, Frog in the Well (aka Keemo Kymo), Arkansas Traveler, Soldier's Joy, Wait for the Wagon, and many more you will recognize as popular tunes of the time...

Here is a link to the American Veteran Veteran Fifer, published in 1905 by the National Association of Civil War Musicians.

http://www.drumband.org/music/avf/avf.html

You can see the sheet music and listen to the audio in midi format.


Some of the tunes I have not been able to date to the war. One was definitely composed by a William McCarthy and published in 1883 (Post No. 2 G. A. R., I found his "fife and drum band book" at the library of congress). I have been researching the tunes in the AVF for a long time now, but come up dry on the ones below. They may be post-war. But the majority of the tunes you will find in the AVF are period, many were very popular indeed. I would be particularly interested if anyone could find a pre-1866 source for the tunes in bold, as they are popular with CW fife and drum corps. You may even recognize more that have appeared on Civil War fife and drum cds. Who knows if they are period tunes or not.

Another interesting thing about the AVF is that it was written by veteran field musicians and includes a ton of tunes copied right out of Howe's manuals, including the camp duty. This is proof that Howe's is more representative of the music fifers were playing in the war and discounts the myth that the complex Bruce and Emmett's Drummers' and Fifers' Guide was the "standard" manual used in the war.

Post-war tunes in the AVF?
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All Is Well
All Take Tea
American Eagle Quickstep
Anna
B.F. Hillikers Quickstep
Major J. N. Bogarts Banquet
C. E. Larrabees Lark
Charles Wallaces Quickstep
Civil War Musicians' Q.S.
Corn Cob Clog
Denman Duncan's Drumbeat
Dream Q. S
E. A. Grows Quickstep
Eddie Littleton's Libation
Eden Quickstep
Edna's Entracte
Fannie's Festival
F. Deitzman's Quickstep
Fifth Maine Quickstep
Firemans Quick Step
Francis Murrays Musicale
French'es Favorite
George Brown's Bonvivant
Get There Eli
Grace
Gray Eagle
Henry's Halcyou
Howell's Quickstep
J H Ware's Quickstep
J. L. Blatchley Banter
J N Hamberger's Quickstep
Jobe's Quickstep
John Benjamin's Quickstep
John H Stuntz Quickstep
J. T. Burbank's Quickstep
Kippy Smith's Favorite
Langstons Quickstep
Leo Murrays Musetta
Leon Beall's Bonhomie
M. A. Moon's Quickstep
Maggie's Melange
Mason's Quickstep
Moulton's Quickstep
Nancy Hanks
Off To Charleston
O.S & S.H. Quickstep
Pernard Brown's Buffet
Post No. 2 G. A. R.
The Rambler
The Recruiting Sergeant
Ruth
The Soldiers Lament
Tallewan
T.B. Jobes Jubilee
T.E. Hills Quickstep
Tom Brown's Burletta
The Turkey Gobbler
Twilight
Union Quickstep
Walters Quickstep
Wild Goose
Wm Davenport's Quickstep
W. M. Larrabee Quickstep


Will Chappell
Liberty Hall Fifes and Drums