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Tune ID#1133 (Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording GD (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine / Napoleon Crossing the Rhine / Bonaparte's March / Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies / Napoleon Crossing the Alps / The Listowel Hornpipe / From Galway to Dublin / Port Mhoss Martin / The First Light of Day (also in A; also singled; also as highland fling as 2nd tune in set Up the Hill of Down on FBros) (compare as march Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine #193, as song #1122, and compare Harvey Street Hornpipe #2433)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
19291#1
[GD] From Galway to Dublin. Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music. Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band.
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19298#2
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
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~19775#3
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
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199314#1
[MR 5] Micho Russell. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador. Micho Russell (whistle, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
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20013#2
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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~200615#2
[JOSe] Jimmí Ó Sé. Malairt Poirt ó Fionntrá. Jimmí Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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~20092#3
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano).
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201211#2
[THny 2] Therese Honey. Summer's End. Therese Honey (harp).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #231 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 207 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 80 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade.
On page 199 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1927