Bonaparte's Charge (1)

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X:1 T:Bonaparte's Charge [1] T:Dry and Dusty [2] N:From the playing of fiddler Absie Morrison (1876-1964, Landis, N:Searcy County, Arkansas), recorded in the field in 1959 by John N:Quncy Wolf (Lyon College). M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" N:DDad tuning (fiddle) N:Morrison consistently does an odd rhythmic stutter between the N:sixth and seventh measures of the first strain. D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/bonapartes-charge Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D AB|d2 df e2 de-|f2A4AB|d2df e2 de|f2a4AB| d2 df e2 de-|f2a2 f2 (3efe-|[M:3/4]ed Bd AB|[M:C|]d2A4:| (B/d/B/d/)|A2 F4dB|A2 D4dB| AGFG F3F|E2 D4 dB| A2 F4dB|A2 D4dB| AGFG F3F|E2 D4 ||



BONAPARTE'S CHARGE [1]. AKA and see "Dry and Dusty (2)." American, Reel. D Major. A version of the reel better-known as "Dry and Dusty (2)" in the Mid-west. Bruce Greene told Jim Taylor that the title was inspired by an incident at the Battle of Waterloo. The story goes that when it became apparent the French were not to win the field that day, Napoleon turned to his Chief Musician and ordered the signal for retreat to be played. Since retreat was seldom if ever an occurrence in the Emperor's army, the man was initially at a loss as there was not repertoire for 'retreat'. Frustrated, but resourceful, the man turned to his commander and said that although he had no retreat to play he could 'play a charge to wake the dead!'


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Recorded sources : - PearlMae Muisc 004-2, Jim Taylor - "The Civil War Collection" (1996).

See also listing at :
Hear Arkansas fiddler Absie Morrison's 1959 field recording at Slippery Hill [1]



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