The Battle Of Waterloo reel

Also known as The Battle Of Waterloo March.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Battle Of Waterloo has been added to 62 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Battle Of Waterloo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A|D>D DE DCCD|F>G AF G2 (3ABc|d>c AG AGED|C>C CD C2 (3AGE|
D>D DE DCCD|F>G AF G2 (3ABc|d>c AG AGEC|D4 D2 AB|
d>c AG F>G AB|c>d cA c2 (3ABc|d>c AG AGED|C>C CD C2 (3AGE|
D>D DE DCCD|F>G AF G2 (3ABc|d>c AG AGEC|D4 D4||

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The Battle of Waterloo

Actually a March instead of a Reel. I picked this one up from the Angus Sessions Podcast.

“Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine” ~ march / songs ~ A Dorian or Mixolydian

Submitted on May 17th 2001 by Jeremy.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7

& with several different sets of lyrics to this air…

The Battle Of Waterloo (march)

I believe this Scots pipe march is usually played in Amix, not Dmix.

On the (Great Highland) pipes, it would have to be played in Bb mix (but written in A mix).

Apart from the key, this setting appears to come straight from the pipes - there is evidence of ‘piper’s compression’ (i.e. modifying the tune to fit into the octave-and-a-note range of the pipes) in various parts of the tune: e.g. in bars 1,5 & 13, DCCD intead of DCAC.