Bonaparte’s Retreat march

Also known as Bonaparte’s Retreat March, The Retreat Set Dance, The Retreat.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

Bonaparte’s Retreat has been added to 1 tune set.

Bonaparte's Retreat has been added to 129 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Bonaparte's Retreat
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGGF GBAG|FAde fefg|agfa gfde|fdcA (3BAG (3cAF|
DGGF GBAG|FAde fefg|agfd cAFG|1 AGGF G2 (3GFE:|2 AGGF G2de||
|:fefg f2 (3def|gfga gfde|fgag fdcA|(3GFG AF GFED|
f2fg f2 (3def|gfga g2fg|agbg ag (3fga|g2 (3agf g2fg|
agbg agfd|f2fa gfde|fgag fdcA|(3GFG AF GFDC|
DGGF GBAG|FAde fefg|agfa gfde|fdcA BGAF|
DGGF GBAG|FAde fefg|agfd cAFG|1 (3ABA GF G2de:|2 (3ABA GF G2 (3GFE||
X: 2
T: Bonaparte's Retreat
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfa gfeg | fdcA BGAF |
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfd cAGF | A2 G2 G2 :|
fefg f2 df | gfga g2 de | fefg afge | gdcA BGAF |
fefg f2 df | gfga g2 fg | abag fgaf | gfga g2 fg |
a2 ab agfd | f2 fa gfed | fefg afge | fdcA BGAF |
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfa gfeg | fdcA BGAF |
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfd cAGF | A2 G2 G2 :|
X: 3
T: Bonaparte's Retreat
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G>F|D>GG>F G>BA>G | F>Ad>e f>ef>g | a>gf>a g>fd>e | (3fed c>A B>GA>F|
D>GG>F G>BA>G | F>Ad>e f>ef>g | a>g (3fed c>AF>G | A2 G2 G2 :|
|: d>e|f>ef>g f2 e>f | g>fg>a g2 d>e | f>ef>g a>ba>g | (3fed c>A B>G G2|
f>ef>g f2 e>f | g>fg>a g2 f>g | a>ba>g f>ga>f | b>ga>f g2 f>g |
a>ba>g f>ga>f | b>ga>f g2 f>e| d>Bd>e f>de>d | d>cA>F G>BA>G |
D>GG>F G>BA>G | F>Ad>e f>ef>g | a>gf>a g>fd>e | (3fed c>A B>GA>F |
D>GG>F G>BA>G | F>Ad>e f>ef>g | a>g (3fed c>AF>G | A2 G2 G2 :|
X: 4
T: Bonaparte's Retreat
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGGF GBAG | FAde fefg | agfa gfde | fdcA dBcA |
DGGF GBAG | FAde fefg | agfd cAFG | AGGF G2 :||
|: de |fefg f2 (3def | gfga g2 de | fefg afge | fdcA dBcA |
fefg f2 (3def | gfga g2 fg | abag fgaf | g3a g2 fg |
a2 ab agfd | fefa gfde | fefg afge | fdcA dBcA |
DGGF GBAG | FAde fefg | agfa gfde | fdcA dBcA |
DGGF GBAG | FAde fefg | agfd cAFG | AGGF G2 ||
# Added by JACKB .

Eight comments

Bonapart’s retreat

Although listed as a reel, this tune is in fact a set dance.
I believe at least part of it is played (by Brendan Gleeson?) in the film "Cold Mountain", which is set in the American Civil War.
This version submitted is from Henrik Norbeck’s collection.
Trevor

Bonaparte’s Retreat

I can confirm that Brendan Gleeson played it. The well-known actor (Gangs of New York etc) got the part because he let it be known he could "scratch about on the fiddle". In fact, he has been playing the fiddle since he was 17, and researched the music for the film in some detail. For more info do a Google search on "Brendan Gleeson" AND fiddle.
Trevor

Bonaparte’s Retreat - Brendan Gleeson

As far as I can remember, Brendan Gleeson is the only film actor I have seen who can play the fiddle/violin well enough to perform live on screen (as opposed to real musicians who have a walk-on part as themselves). What you usually see in a film is an actor who obviously can’t play, or even knows how to hold the instrument and bow convincingly, "miming" to the sound of a pro violinist off screen.
Trevor

The tune was also used then as a fife march as well as a folk dance tune during the CW

Roche II, page 33, tune #280 ~ “Bonaparte’s Retreat”

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II", 1912

Set Dances ~ pages 28 - 34

X: 280
T: Bonaparte’s Retreat
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: set dance
K: Gmaj
|: GF |\
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfa gfeg | fdcA BGAF |
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfd cAGF | A2 G2 G2 :|
|: de |\
fefg f2 df | gfga g2 de | fefg afge | gdcA BGAF |
fefg f2 df | gfga g2 fg | abag fgaf | gfga g2 fg |
a2 ab agfd | f2 fa gfed | fefg afge | fdcA BGAF |
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfa gfeg | fdcA BGAF |
DGGF GBAG | FGAd f2 fg | agfd cAGF | A2 G2 G2 :|

Version 3

From the concertina playing of Bernard O’Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Slightly swingy, between a hornpipe and reel, but definitely a set dance.

Bonaparte’s Retreat, X:4

My take on this tune.

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