On "Polly Wolly Doodle" -
This melody and its
nonsense lyrics seems to have first appeared in New York City, performed by
Dan Emmett's Virginia Minstrels in 1843. It was published in a Harvard song
book in 1880, and thereafter found itself widely accepted as quoted in
Wilder's These Happy Golden Years from 1943, and other publications, with
film versions and more modern artists taking up its jaunty silliness.
As to the nonsense:
"Oh I went down South for to see my Sal, / Singin' Polly Wolly Doodle all
the day, / For my Sal she was a spunky gal. /
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day." Or "Oh a grasshopper sat on a
railroad track / Singin' Polly Wolly Doodle all the day, / Was a-pickin'
his teeth with a carpet tack. / Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day."
This essay on the melody employs many turns as written-out ornamentation,
and textural variety as well as octave displacements to extend and vary the
work. A center section moves from the duple to triple meter with a small,
compacted fugue as treatment of the shape of the tune, before returning to a
final restatement of the melody.
pages, circa 5' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "Polly Wolly Doodle"