Audio Recordings Santa Anna's Retreat
Articles and Essays with this item:
- Santa Anna's Retreat
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Marches
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r
- - Key: A
- - Compass: 11
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-2)
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QR (abcd abef qrst)
- - Stylistic features: Slurred bowing, somewhat slower pace.
- - Antonio López de Santa Anna (1794-1876) was both general of the army and president of Mexico when Texas declared its independence from Mexico. He led the expeditionary force in 1836 that fought at the Alamo, and he was subsequently defeated and captured by Sam Houston, interviewed by U.S. President Andrew Jackson, and returned to Mexico. During the Mexican War in 1846-7, he again led the Mexican forces and was defeated by the United States.Henry Reed said--presumably on the authority of his fiddling and fifing mentor Quince Dillion, who was a fifer in the Mexican War--that this march was used by Santa Anna's army to retreat from the American forces during the Mexican War. Since the tune is a venerable British air, it seems more likely that it was played by the American contingent, though there were in fact Irish (or Irish-American) participants in the Mexican army.See the "Manuscript Collection of Dance Tunes [ca. 1775-1800]" (Newberry Library, Chicago), p. 54 "Shay's March"; Riley's Flute Melodies (ca. 1814), p. 47 "Quick March"; O'Neill's Music of Ireland #1812 "Johnny Cope--Irish version"; Roche, Collection of Irish Airs (1909), vol. 3, 74 (#196, Part 4, Section 3) "Nights of Gladness Quadrille," vol. 3, 78 (#202) "Jonny Cope" (in a group of marches). An American hymn setting is Carden, Missouri Harmony (1825), p. 113, "Spring."
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 7 seconds
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Santy Anna's Retreat."
- - Recording chronology: 044
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035A33
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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