## Eight comments

### “Duncan Chisholm: Door Of Saints” ~ fiddle & fine

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1905

Track 8: 91st at Modder River / Macrivanish / The Waterbed / The Nine Pint Coggie

This tune was left out in the recording’s submission…a great march…

### “93rd” ~ sometimes listed, as I understand wrongly, with this number

"93rd Argylls at Modder River"

"93rd at Modder River"

### The Battle at Modder River

British Battles.Com

http://www.britishbattles.com/

The Battle at Modder River

http://www.britishbattles.com/great-boer-war/modder-river.htm

War: The Boer War.

Date: 28th November 1899.

Place: In the North West of Cape Colony near the border with the Orange Free State in South Africa.

Combatants: The British against the Boers.

### “The 91st At Modder River” ~ another take and a few options for this march

X: 2

T: 91st At Modder River March, The

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: march

K: b minor

|: F2 |\

B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a<e f2 e<c | A>AA<B A2 c<e | f2 a>A c2 B<A |

B>BBc B2 c<e | f2 a>e f2 ec | BABc B<fec | c2 B2 B2 :|

|: c<e |\

f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | A>AAB A2 c<e | f2 a>A c2 B<A |

[1 f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | B>AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|

[2 B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a>e f2 ec | BABc B<fec | c2 B2 B2 ||

|: f2 |\

B>BB<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | A>AA>c e>Ac<e | f<aAa f2 e>c |

B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | B<AB>c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|

|: c<e |\

f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | A>AA>c e>Ac<e | f<aAa f2 e>c |

[1 f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | B>AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|

[2 B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | B<AB>c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 |]

While older transcripts give this and other marches as M: 2/4, I personally feel that the time signature of 4/4 does better justice to them, and with less ‘black’… If you prefer to have it the other way, well, just exchange the time M: & L: with this ~

M: 2/4

L: 1/16

### Timing

Ceolachan, I would agree with you regarding time signature. While it is a GHB tune and the ‘blackness’ indicates what type of tune it is, like many other Highland players I would beat my foot four times to the bar - similar but slightly slower than a strathspey.

### “The 91st At Modder River” ~ stripped bar, minus > & < & accidentals ^A & ^g

X: 3

T: March: The 91st At Modder River

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: march

K: b minor

|: fb |\

B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | A2 AB A2 ce | f2 aA c2 BA |

B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|

|: ce |\

f4 f2 a2 | f2 ce f2 ec | A2 AB A2 ce | f2 aA c2 BA |

[1 f4 f2 a2 | f2 ce f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|

[2 B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 ||

|: f2 |\

B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | A2 Ac eAce | faAa f2 ec |

B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|

|: ce |\

f2 fa f2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | A2 Ac eAce | faAa f2 ec |

[1 f2 fa fece | f2 fa f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|

[2 B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 |]

Dan Joe MacInnis plays the March of the 93rd at Modder River and Mulin Dhu Reel: http://www.archive.org/details/MarchOfThe93rdAtModderRiverMulinDhuReel This is one of the greatest recordings of Cape Breton fiddling I’ve heard; Dan Joe played the big pipes as well and it shows. I will soon upload the one LP of his to archive.org in its entirety.

### Re: The 91st At Modder River March

KLR, did you ever get around to that by chance? Wonderful recording there!