X:1 T:Marmot’s Reel T:Marmont's Retreat M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 3 (1885, p. 253) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb B2 BB (dB)BB|(ec)fd (gf)ff|(ba)gf (ga)bg|fedc B2b2:| |:(af)ff (bf)ff|(af)ff (bf)ff|g2 gg (g3f)|fedc B2b2:| |:F2 FB (AG)AB|cdec Bd f2|F2 FB (AG)AB|(cd)ec B2b2!Fine!:|]
MARMOT'S REEL. AKA and see "Marmont's Retreat." Scottish, Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. "Marmot's Reel" was earlier published by editor James Manson in his Hamilton's Universal Tune Book vol. 1 (Glasgow, 1844)under the title "Marmont's Retreat." republished by Elias Howe in Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882) Manson's title probably refers to Marshal Auguste de Marmont (1774-1852) who led the 50,000-man Army of Portugal for Napoleon during the Peninsular War in northern Spain. Marmont was forced to retreat after the Battle of Salamanca, where the French forces were defeated by the Anglo-Portuguese army under Wellington.