Given that this is a tune which seems to be connected with the commemoration of a naval victory, I wonder if any parts melody are variations or quotes of other tunes, perhaps martial music pertaining to the units involved?
Maybe for the sake of kitsch, the first four bars of the B part certainly tip their bonnets to the Sailor’s Hornpipe… 🙂
On pg 224 of "The American National Music" there are verses of a popular song of the same title, also called "The Constitution and Guerriere." It is in the key of A major, 2/4 time, and sung to the tune of "The Landlady’s Daughter of France."
The melody seems to bear a vague similarity to the A-part presented in the original poster’s transcription on this site, although inverted, and the time sig has changed to 4/4. If it’s the same melody, or a variation thereof, it has obviously been modified from one that accommodates song lyrics to one that accommodates dancing.
By the way, while the victory of the USS Constitution over the HMS Guerriere gave the anemic US Navy a glimmer of hope in 1812, the real victory in that little squabble was won by American privateers, hired by the US government to raid British commerce wherever it could be found. These private captains were very successful. As a result, shipping insurance rates skyrocketed in Britain as privateers raided the Bay of Biscay, the North Atlantic, and even British home waters. It became too expensive even to send cargo from Belfast to Manchester. If the war did not end when it did, it is likely that prohibitive insurance rates would have forced a peace very shortly thereafter. In light of the present state and size of the US military, it’s almost amusing to consider that once upon a time the Congress believed that a navy was an expensive and largely unnecessary requirement for the young nation.
Try this tune in a set with Sailors Hornpipe
Hull’s and Corelli?
This tune is very reminiscent of the gavotte in Corelli’s violin sonata Opus 5, #10. That tune is also in F. I can imagine that an early 19C violinist who also played dances might have adapted the tune. I enjoy playing the two tunes as a medley.
Hull’s and Corelli?
Ha! So very neat! I’m going to learn the Corelli and play them back to back in Brookeville, MD at the end of this month—at their 200th anniversary of being US Capital for a day. Thanks so much for sharing this discovery!
Here’s ‘Corelli’s Maggot’ as done by Childgrove
Larry, is this the tune you refer to?
Each time I play this tune, I’m reminded of the College Hornpipe: