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Tune ID#3692 (Madame Bonaparte)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Madame Bonaparte about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
Set danceG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Madame Bonaparte / Madam Bonaparte / Madame Boneparte / Bonaparte's Advance (appears in collage Bonaparte's Retreat on Ch 6) (also in A, also as reel on JD 5) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Tom Billy's #3639)

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.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19596#1
[LR 2] Leo Rowsome. The King of the Pipers. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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~19694#1
[FFurey] Finbar Furey. Traditional Irish Pipe Music. Finbar Furey (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
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~19741#2
[JD 5] John Doherty. The Floating Bow. John Doherty (fiddle).
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~19763#3 (4:55)
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle).
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19989#1
[JMd 3] Joanie Madden. Song of the Irish Whistle 2. Joane Madden (whistle, flute). For this tune: (D whistle), with Eileen (fiddle).
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~20105#3
[GMrphy] Gráinne Murphy. Short Stories. Gráinne Murphy (fiddle).
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~20114#1
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion). For this tune: Orla Harrington (fiddle).
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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 #1788 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #962 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #22 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 221 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As setd #5 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #93 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As setd #20 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #86 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]

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): 1903