Siege Of Delhi march

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Siege Of Delhi has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Siege Of Delhi
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|AB|:c4 c2e2|eAfA e2AB|c4 c2e2|{f}a2ec B2AB|
c4c2e2|eAfA e2AB|c2ae fded|c2A2 A2AB:|
|:c4 c2e2|d4 d2f2|c4 c2e2|{f}a2ec B2AB|
c4 c2e2|d4 d2f2|c2ae fded|1 c2A2 A2AB:|2 c2A2 A2g2||
|:a2af e2ec|A2Ac e2AB|c4 c2e2|{f}a2ec B2g2|
a2af e2ec|A2Ac e2AB|c2ae fded|1 c2A2 A2g2:|2 c2A2 A2AB||
|:c4 c2e2|fdad fdad|c4 c2e2|{f}a2ec B2AB|
c4 c2e2|fdad fdad|c2ae fded|c2A2 A2AB:|
X: 2
T: Siege Of Delhi
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|GA|:B4 B2d2|dGeG d2GA|B4 B2d2|{e}g2dB A2GA|
B4B2d2|dGeG d2GA|B2gd ecdc|B2G2 G2GA:|
|:B4 B2d2|c4 c2e2|B4 B2d2|{e}g2dB A2GA|
B4 B2d2|c4 c2e2|B2gd ecdc|1 B2G2 G2GA:|2 B2G2 G2f2||
|:g2ge d2dB|G2GB d2GA|B4 B2d2|{e}g2dB A2f2|
g2ge d2dB|G2GB d2GA|B2gd ecdc|1 B2G2 G2f2:|2 B2G2 G2GA||
|:B4 B2d2|ecgc ecgc|B4 B2d2|{e}g2dB A2GA|
B4 B2d2|ecgc ecgc|B2gd ecdc|B2G2 G2GA:|

Seven comments

Siege Of Delhi

Four-part reel (or maybe a march) popular with bagpipers. Martin Carthy has a great version of this although I think his is slightly different. I like to play it on mandolin.

…I like to play it on mandolin, in Gmaj.

It is a 2/4 pipe march. The first bar kind of implies that it is a march. A mixolydian would be used for a pipe setting. I seem to recall that Martin Carthy got the tune from Hamish Henderson. The earliest pipe book I can find in reference is “The Scottish Pipers’ Society Book of Tunes”, in 1912.

Re: Siege Of Delhi

That’s the Glenallan Collection, from the fifties - the David Glen link is:

Strange tune. I’ve long suspected it was written by a gentleman piper of the officering class, hence the lack of attribution. The latter half of the 19th century was a good time to be a dull 2/4 march, as they were in great demand.

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Re: Siege Of Delhi

I’d be interested to know how this tune started out. Was it a tune used for marching or was it pointed, and thus too slow for marching, in the way of competition marches which first appeared in the 1840s and 50s as listening pieces? In early printings (David Glen and Royal Scottish Piper’s) it is presented unpointed, but I suspect this was the practice at this time (late 19th/early 20th century).
The Siege of Delhi happened in 1857 so, in terms of what we think of as 2/4 marches, this one is quite old. It was the first 2/4 I ever learnt.