The Constitution hornpipe

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Constitution has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Constitution
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:(3ABc|d2d2 dAfd|e2e2 eAge|fedc BAgf|
edef eABc|d2d2 dAfd|e2e2 eAge|fedc Bgec|d2f2 d2:|
|:A2|FAdA fdAF|GBdB gdBG|Acec gece|dfed cBAG|
FAdA fdAF|GBdB gdBG|Acec gece|d2f2d2:|
X: 2
T: The Constitution
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
ce|eff/f/f fcaf|fgg/g/g gdbg|agfe dfba|g^fga gece|
f2f/f/f fcaf|fgg/g/g gdbg|agfe dbge|fefg f2||
cB|Acfc afcA|Bdfd bfdB|Cege bgeg|fagf edcB|
Acfc afcA|Bdfd bfdB|Cege bgeg|fefg f2||

Three comments

Constitution Hornpipe

I don’t know much about the source of this tune, but it’s another standard American Fife and Drum piece. Everything I could google seems to indicate it is probably American in origin (at least the title), but I’m interested to know if anyone recognizes the tune from an ITM POV.

On one of the ‘Shetland Sessions’ recordings, Aly Bain plays this as an intro. No clue on the inlay notes as to its origin. He plays it as a reel, in F, approximately thus:

M:C|
L:1/8
K:F
ce|eff/f/f fcaf|fgg/g/g gdbg|agfe dfba|g^fga gece|
f2f/f/f fcaf|fgg/g/g gdbg|agfe dbge|fefg f2||
cB|Acfc afcA|Bdfd bfdB|Cege bgeg|fagf edcB|
Acfc afcA|Bdfd bfdB|Cege bgeg|fefg f2||

Here in Missouri old-time fiddlers play this tune in F, in a setting much like the one found in Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes. The key of F "lays out" well on the fiddle; on their recordings you can hear Frankie Gavin and John Carty play some nice settings of reels in F.

Larry