## Thirteen comments

### The Downfall of Paris

I’ve known this one for years. Don’t be put off by the length because it’s fairly repetative and so easy to learn. I think this is technically a set dance but it has a hornpipe rhythm. The tune sort of goes in undulating waves and I find using ‘mf’ on the high notes and a little ‘mp’ on the low notes adds a nice dynamic.

A very fine renditioning of this can be found recorded by the Chieftains on their LP ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’ (Island label, 1976).

It is part of a long and evocative set of tunes relating to the defeat of Bonaparte’s army. It is described as a set dance tune. Paddy Maloney’s version is said to evoke the colapse of the Empire.

Another uber-standard American Fife & Drum piece. I kinda like it like this as a hornpipe. As a fife piece it screams, and it’s rather difficult. Reference the fife version:

http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/TuneGet?F=TXT&X=51&U=http://members.cox.net/chrismyers/CFD_Vol1_webready.abc

### "Ça Ira" ~ "Carillon National" ~ "Ceimsios Parais"

Song, March, Set Dance, Slur ~ Too many distractions you beat met to this one. I’ll return later with one of the notations I’d collected for this. Some play it without the :||: repeats. Here’s some of the sources and links to more information regarding this tune of many guises and much history:

Kerr’s Fourth Collection of Merry Melodies, page 40 ~ ‘march’

A Sussex Tune Book ~ "The Fall of Paris"

The Fiddler’s Companion

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/DOW_DOY.htm

http://www.oldmusicproject.com/

http://www.oldmusicproject.com/OtherMusic.html

http://www.oldmusicproject.com/OneillsHornpipes.html

http://abc.musicaviva.com/tunes/ireland/on/oneill-1850/oneill-1850-1562.abc

http://www.drumband.org/music/downfall.pdf

South Riding Folk Arts Network

http://www.folk-network.com/welcome.html

South Riding Folk Arts Network Publications

http://www.folk-network.com/products/index.html

The South Riding Tune Book Volume 1

http://www.folk-network.com/products/tunebook1.html

The Downfall of Paris

http://www.folk-network.com/products/notes/downfall.html

& further links ~

http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/index.html

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mussmhtml/mussmhome.html

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dicatlg.html

http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=musdi&fileName=011/musdi011.db&recNum=0

### "The Fall of Paris" ~ 1805

O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion for the Uilleann or Union Pipes,

Wow Ceolachan! That’s a lot of info on this tune. I should perhaps have left the transcription to you 🙂

FyfferGuy, I’ve only ever heard this with a "hornpipish" feel although I have seen it written with a straight rhythm. I checked out the fife version! Struth! That rattles along at a fair old clip doesn’t it. I’d imagine (without meaning to be rude to fife players) that it could be a bit shrill!

Uhh — I am a fife player, and it *is* shrill!

At jam sessions, it’s often played between 110 - 120 bpm, and the second time through (yes, it often gets played twice!), the drummers "double" it! It’s enough to send you back for another beer.

### Bar 6

Glad to see this has appeared here. (I should check more often…) It’s an old favourite of mine, but one I’ve rarely heard played, so now I can check out some of the recordings, etc.

All the settings I’m familiar with (Eugene O’Donnell, O’Neill’s, my own) have a different 2nd and 6th bar in the 3rd and 4th parts, though. Like this:

BdgedcBA

which takes you much more elegantly to the G at the start of the next bar.

I seem to have acquired a different 6th bar in the first two parts as well. Mine goes:

BdgedcBG

and so up to the A at the start of bar 7. I’m not so sure about the validity of this variation though….might be more on a mental aberration on my part.

I find it a great tune for imitating the pipes. Never knew that it had travelled so far and wide, though.

### "The Downfall of Paris" ~ O’Neill ~ and this can be straight or swung

"O’Neill’s Music of Ireland", 1903

"Dance Music of Ireland, 1001 Gems", 1907

Here follows a transcription based on these two collections… This melody can also be taken straight, without the swing and bounce of a hornpipe or your classic ‘set dance’, but with some of the rhythmic possibilities and interests of a march…

K: G Major

|: D2 |

G2 GA G2 GA | G2 AB cBAG | A2 AB A2 AB | A2 AB cBAG |

B2 BA B2 BA | Bdgf edcB | A2 AB A2 AB | ABcA GFED |

G2 GA G2 GA | G2 AB cBAG | A2 AB A2 AB | A2 AB cBAG |

BABc dedc | BABc dedc | B/c/d BG A/B/c AF | G2 GG G2 :|

|: Bc |

d2 dB d2 dB | e2 d2 c2 B2 | c2 cA c2 cA | d2 c2 B2 A2 |

B2 BA B2 BA | Bdgf edcB | A2 AB A2 AB | ABcA GFED |

G2 GA G2 GA | G2 AB cBAG | A2 AB A2 AB | A2 AB cBAG |

BABc dedc | BABc dedc | BdBG AcAF | G2 G2 G2 :|

|: Bc |

d2 ef gfed | Bdge dcBA | G2 G2 A2 A2 | B2 B2 A2 Bc |

d2 ef gfed | Bdge dcBA | G2 Ac BGAF | G2 GG G2 :|

|: B/A/G |

F2 FG A2 AB | c2 B2 A2 G2 | F2 FG A2 AB | c2 B2 A2 Bc |

d2 ef gfed | Bdge dcBA | G2 A/B/c BGAF | G2 G2 G2 :|

### "The Downfall of Paris" ~ other minor possibilities

K: G Major

|: (3DEF |

G2 G>A G2 G>A | G2 A>B c>BA>G | A2 A>B A2 A>B | A2 (3GAB c>BA>G |

B2 B>A B3 A | (3Bcd g>f e2 (3dcB | A2 A>B A3 B | A>B (3cBA G>FE>F |

G2 G>A G2 G>A | G2 A>B c>BA>G | A2 A>B A2 A>B | A2 A>B c>BA>G |

B>aB>c d>ed>c | B>AB>c d2 d>c | B>dB>G A2 (3cAF | G2 G2 G2 :|

|: Bc |

d2 d>B (3ded d>B | (3efe d2 (3cdc B2 | c2 c>B c2 c>A | d2 c2 (3BcB A2 |

B2 B>A B2 B>A | B>dg>f e>dc>B | A2 A>B A2 A>B | A>Bc>A G2 (3DEF |

G2 G>A (3GGG G>A | G2 A>B c>BA>G | A2 A>B (3AAA A>B | A2 A>B c>BA>G |

B>^AB>c d>ed>c | B2 (3ABc d>ed>c | (3Bcd B>G (3ABc (3AGF | G2 (3GGG G2 :|

|: (3ABc |

d2 e>f g>fe>d | B>dg>e d>cB>A | G2 (3GGG A2 (3AAA | B2 (3BBB (3ABA (3ABc |

d2 e>f g2 (3fed | (3Bcd g>e d2 (3cBA | G2 (3ABc B>GA>F | G2 (3B^AB G2 :|

|: (3BAG |

F2 G2 A2 B2 | c2 (3BcB (3ABA (3GFE | F3 G A3 B | c2 (3BcB A2 B>c |

d2 e>f g>fe>d | B>dg>e d>cB>A | G2 (3ABc B>GA>F | (3GGG (3AGF G2 :|

### The Downfall Of Paris

Here it is nicely played bt Mikie Smyth on the pipes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF8uHVu4Res&feature=rec-HM-r2

### The Downfall Of Paris, X:4

Love this tune.

### Re: The Downfall Of Paris

Here’s a lovely version by Eugene O’Donnell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1aF1ttydXg