Sir Sidney Smith’s march

Also known as Handel’s Gavotte, Sidney Smith’s March, Sir Sidney Smith, Sir Sidney Smith’s, Sir Sidney Smith’s March, Sir Sidney Smiths March, Sir Sydney Smith’s March.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

Sir Sidney Smith’s has been added to 1 tune set.

Sir Sidney Smith's has been added to 55 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sir Sidney Smith's
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|:d2d2d2d2|e2d2c2B2|dcBc A2 dc|BcAB G2dc|
BdBd AdAd|GdGd FdFd|Bcde d2^c2|1d2d2d2 Bc:|2d2d2d2 AG||
FDFA dABc|B2B2B2 dc|BGBd gde=f|e2e2e2 gf|
egeg dgdg|cgcg BgBg|egeg dgdg|cgcg BgBg|
e2d2c2B2|e2d2c2B2|e2d2c2B2|B2A2A2 Bc|
d2d2d2d2|e2d2c2B2|dcBc A2dc|BcAB G2 dc|
BdBd AdAd|GdGd FdFd|EdEd FdFd|GdGd AdAd|
EdEd FdFd|GdGd AdAd|cedc BAGF|G2G2G2||
X: 2
T: Sir Sidney Smith's
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 d/d/d d2 d2 | (3efe d2 c2 B2 | dcBc A2 dc | BcAB G2 dc |
BdBd AdAd | GdGd GFdc | Bcde d2 ^c2 | d6 :|
FDFA dABc | B6 dc | BG (3Bcd gde=f | e6 gf |
egeg dgdg | cgcg BgBg | egeg d2 gd | cgcg B2 gB |
e2 (3ded c2 B2 | e2 d2 (3cdc B2 | (3efe (3ded c2 B2 | B2 A2 ABce |
d2 dd d2 d2 | e2 (3ded c2 B2 | dcBc ADdc | BcAB G2 dc |
BdBd AdAd | GdGd FdFd | EdEd FdFd | GdGd AdAd |
EdEd FdFd | GdGd AdAd | cedc BGAF | G6 :|

Twelve comments

A lovely tune from Northumbria.

Whodunnit?

Do we know a composer?

Thanks for the link.

Sir William Sydney Smith, British Admiral 1764 - 1840 ~

"British admiral, born at Westminster; entered the navy at 12, became a captain after many gallant services at 18, was naval adviser to the king of Sweden and knighted, joined Lord Hood off Toulon and helped to burn the French fleet; was taken prisoner by the French in 1796, and after two years made his escape; forced Napoleon to raise the siege of Acre, and was wounded at Aboukir; was rewarded with a pension of £1000, and raised in the end to the rank of admiral (1764-1840). "

extract from "The Nuttall Encyclopaedia of General Knowledge"
~ edited by the Reverend James Wood, 1907

And here are a few more links for the curious ~

National Maritime Museum ~
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/nelson/viewObject.cfm?ID=PAD3506

Here’s a picture of the dude ~
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/nelson/viewRepro.cfm?reproID=PU3506&picture=1#content

The Napoleonic Guide
http://www.napoleonguide.com/
http://www.napoleonguide.com/sidsmith.htm

Instittuto Historico de Petropolis ~ the Brazilian connection
http://www.ihp.org.br/
http://www.ihp.org.br/docs/khll20030811VI.htm

Rice University ~ a bio and his papers ~
http://www.rice.edu/
http://www.rice.edu/fondren/woodson/mss/ms267.html

Once again chapter and verse from ceolachan.Thanks.

Hey Dafydd, you beat me to this march. I had it on the back burner considering submitting it. I sent out some music to a few others to give it a go and then forgot about it until you came along and added it here. I’ll have to come back and add my ways with it, or at least a few variations.

I hope you are well, drop me a line sometime…

a friend in the digital quagmire ~ ‘c’

“Sir Sydney Smith’s March” ~ other ways and a repeated B-part

R: march
K: G Major
|: Bc |
d2 d/d/d d2 d2 | (3efe d2 c2 B2 | dcBc A2 dc | BcAB G2 dc |
BdBd AdAd | GdGd GFdc | Bcde d2 ^c2 | d6 :|
|: AG |
FDFA dABc | B6 dc | BG (3Bcd gde=f | e6 gf |
egeg dgdg | cgcg BgBg | egeg d2 gd | cgcg B2 gB |
e2 (3ded c2 B2 | e2 d2 (3cdc B2 | (3efe (3ded c2 B2 | B2 A2 ABce |
d2 dd d2 d2 | e2 (3ded c2 B2 | dcBc ADdc | BcAB G2 dc |
BdBd AdAd | GdGd FdFd | EdEd FdFd | GdGd AdAd |
EdEd FdFd | GdGd AdAd | cedc BGAF | G6 :|

I first learned this one from Alistair Anderson…

Handel’s Gavotte?

I note SSS’s March aka Handel’s Gavotte - what’s it’s connection with Handel?

Apparently composed by James Hook of Norwich (c18th). An interesting example of what must have at one time been a popular tune throughout England, surviving and becoming a "traditional" tune from a completely different area.

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Re: Sir Sidney Smith’s March

This tune is also played on the album Equinoxe by the Celtic Fiddle Festival, this is where I first heard it