N:From the playing of Alva Greene (1894-1976, Sandy Hook, Elliot County,
N:northeast Ky.), recorded in 1973 by Chris Delaney. Mr. Greene
N:was age 78 at the time of the recording.
N:DDad tuning (fiddle)
Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz
d2-|d2 df edef|d2 df edBA|d2df e2de|f2A4((3ABc|
d2) df edef|d2 df edBA|d2d2 BAFB|A2 D4:|
|:dB|A2 F2 +slide+FE+slide+FE|DFED +slide+F2 AB|A2F2 EDEG|F2D2D2:|
NAPOLEON'S CHARGE. AKA and see "Bonaparte's Charge (1)," "Charge of Bonaparte," "Piney Ridge." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. D Major. DDad tuning (fiddle). AABB. Titon (2001) notes that the names Bonaparte and Napoleon were both variously used by Kentucky fiddlers for the tunes "Bonaparte's Retreat," "Bonaparte's March" and "Bonaparte's Charge". Kentucky fiddler Alva Greene played several "Bonaparte/Napoleon" tunes, including the well-known "Bonaparte's Retreat". The tune he called "Napoleon's Charge" was called "Bonaparte's Charge (1)" by other fiddlers, and, somewhat confusingly, Greene also played a "Bonaparte's Charge (2)", which was a different tune than his "Napoleon's Charge". Some fiddlers, remarks Titon, played all three tunes together in a kind of suite. He also finds W.H. Stepp's "Piney Ridge," recorded by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax in 1937, to be a variant of this tune. "Napoleon's Charge" seems to be related to "Dry and Dusty (2)."
Francis Gilllum, straws, Alva Greene, fiddle.