The Fighting 59th hornpipe

Also known as March Of The Fighting 59th.

The Fighting 59th has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: The Fighting 59th
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:(3ABc|ddcd BAFA|Bcdc BA (3ABc|dddd cdef|edcA A2 (3ABc|
defe dA2F|GFGA B2 (3ABc|ddcd BAFA|dfec d2:|
dc|:BD (3FED FF (3FED|AFAB A2 dc|BD (3FED FF (3FED|EDEF E2 dc|
BD (3FED FF (3FED|AFAB A3 A|(3ABc (3dAF E2 D2:|

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The Fighting 59th

I learned this tune from a Harry Hibbs recording. I don’t know where it originated but someone requested it here a while ago. Incidently, this is also the audition tune for those wishing to compete in the 2007 Newfoundland Accordion Idol Competition held on Bell Island Newfoundland.

Discussion: Hibbs “Fighting 59th”

# Posted on April 14th 2007 by Chellam

The 59th (2nd North Midland) Division

Summary history of the division: This 2nd-Line Territorial Division was formed in January 1915, although men were enlisted for the reserve units of the 1st-Line from September 1914 onwards. Men of the 1st-Line who did not undertake the imperial service obligation were transferred to these reserves. Early clothing and equipment for these units was haphazard; many had to train in civilian clothes, and it was only between November 1915 and March 1916 that proper equipment was received. Initially the Division had no currently-serving officers of the Regular Army, and only 12 former officers. From June 1915, the units of the Division supplied replacement drafts for the 1st-Line 46th Division. At the same time the ‘home service only’ men transferred to the provisional battalions. ~

Odd bits, missing bits, hopefully those things will find correction before the inevitable conversion to dots… I live in hope… 😏

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I made some corrections recommended by another member. Harry Hibbs recorded it without repeats. It could be a march but sounds more like a hornpipe to me. I hope this version is helpful to someone.

garyd, good try, but there are still problems, all to do with the B-part, a missing measure for one, and, if it were to repeat, the lack of incorporating the lead-ins, for example, if it ends as you have it, well, like the oroboros, the usual thing, a tune returns to the beginning to repeat itself. Your final measure, as given, and somewhere there is where I sense a missing measure, is 4 beats, full, so there’s no room to return to the lead-in for the A-part, or |: (3ABc | ~

Here’s a go over of your B-part transcription ~

You’ve cut off the lead-in ~ dc |:
That could work since you have a full eight mesaures between your repeats ~
|: ~ :|
~ except when the tune, as they generally do, repeats, returning to the A-part which begins ~
|: (3ABc |
Why? Here’s your final measure ~ | (3ABc (3dAF E2 D2 :|
All four beats are filled. One way to cure this would be to add a second ending that only fills 3 beats of the 4/4 tune, so that there’s room for the
|: (3ABc | ~ (= 1 beat)
Another possible way to deal with this would be to incorporate that lead-in ~
|: dc |
~ ideally you need a final measure of 3 beats not 4, whether it repeats or not…

However, as mentioned, something is wrong down there toward the end of the B-part anyway, a whole measure seems to be missing… Your A-part = the usual 8 bars, but your B-part = 7… I’m not saying that is impossible, far from it, but not typical of the music from that part of the world, or in general, and it definitely sounds like something is amiss, doesn’t make sense…

Maybe someone will be able to chase up a complete tune? 😏

Correcting myself ~ 😏
“ ~ since you have a full ‘seven’ measures ~ ” (1 missing?!)

Garyd! ~ Hello!? ~ 7 measures intended! 😏

Here’s hoping you’ll add some of that news you’ve just emailed me, about this being a ‘crooked’ tune, meaning the 7 measure, in the fashion of Newfoundland fiddlers Emile Benoit (Acadian) and Rufus Guinchard, as you’ve told me… I’m more familiar with the ‘straight’ tunes dance music wise, but it has been a long time since I’ve had the pleasure of the island and the misery of giving blood to the bugs of Newfoundland, a beautiful and precious part of the world…

Emile Benoit, 1913 - 1992

Rufus Guinchard, 1899 - 1990
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Thnx garyd and ceolachan for ’The Fighting 59th".

…I originally requested this tune.
For a while there I felt as if nobody else had even heard of it!
Much appreciate your efforts on submitting and sorting out this tune.

“The Fighting 59th” ~ way off the mark?! 😏

Sorry garyd, now I have the recording, but this transcription doesn’t go anywhere near doing justice to the craic. This is a fun little number, and if anything, more of a march. I may consider getting my hand slapped and the entry deleted by resubmitting this for further consideration. Yes, you were right about the measures, and no repeats, but this is a lot more fun than it shows here… What a kick! 😎