Marches, Retreat Airs and Polkas

     Titles for marches are listed alphabetically in this section of the Sheet Music Catalogue with links to audio samples and previews, and to where a PDF file can be purchased for download.

     As a musical genre, the march has a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band.

     There are varieties of military march defined by the marching tempo.  Examples are the 'quick march', the 'slow march', the 'half step march', the 'double march', and the 'easy march'. Military marches can be in 2/4, 4/4, 6/8 and 9/8 times. The 'retreat march' is in 9/8 time and has nothing to do with the battlefield. It is the 3/4 or 9/8 metre of this march that is used to mark the end of the military day. Known as 'beating the retreat', this was originally initiated at sunset by the firing of a single round from the evening gun. Examples of the varied use elsewhere of the march can be found in Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, in the Marches Militaires of Franz Schubert, in the Marche funèbre in Chopin's Sonata in B flat minor, and in the Dead March in Handel's Saul.  Such scores are termed concert marches.

     2/4 pipe marches used in dancing circles for a Canadian Barn Dance and suchlike, are sometimes termed polkas.  


72nd Highlanders Farewell To Edinburgh   (ref. 756)  

79th's Farewell To Gibralter   (ref. 739)    

Auchmountain's Bonnie Glen   (ref. 735)   

Ballochyle   (Ref. 709)

Cabarfeidh   (Ref. 289)

Campbell's Farewell To Redcastle   (Ref. 423)

Crossing The Minch   (Ref. 352)  

Donald MacLean's Farewell To Oban   (Ref. 264) 

Doon In The Wee Room   (Ref. 478)

Dovecote Park    (Ref. 429)

Dumbarton Castle   (Ref. 694)

Dundee City Police Pipe Band   (Ref. 723)

Echoes Of Oban   (Ref. 290)

Farewell To The Creeks   (Ref. 683)

General Hunt's Welcome To the Queen's Own Highlanders   (Ref. 692)

Glen Caladh Castle   (Ref. 400)

Glendaruel Highlanders   (Ref. 474)

Highland Laddie   (Ref. 328)   

Highland Cathedral   (Ref. 625)

In The Garb Of Old Gaul   (Ref. 517) 

Irene Meldrum's Welcome To Bon Accord   (Ref. 401)

John D. Burgess   (Ref. 730) 

John MacDonald Of Glencoe   (Ref. 613)

John MacMillan Of Barra   (Ref. 260)  

Killiecrankie   (Ref. 595)

Leaving Port Askaig   (Ref. 746)

Lochanside   (Ref. 262)

Loch Ruan   (Ref. 628)

Lord Of The Glens   (Ref. 274)

Lt. Col. D. J. S. Murray   (Ref. 330)

MacLeod Of Mull   (Ref. 777)

Maggie Lauder   (Ref. 504)

Mairi's Wedding   (Ref. 325) 

March To The Battlefield   (Ref. 734)  

Mrs. H. L. MacDonald Of Dunach   (Ref. 273)

Murdo MacKenzie Of Torridon   (Ref. 768)

P.M. Donald MacLean Of Lewis   (Ref. 272)

Pibroch O' Donuil Dhu   (Ref. 261)

Rab's Wedding   (Ref. 770) 

Roses Of Prince Charlie   (Ref. 596) 

Scotland The Brave   (Ref. 327) 

Scott Skinner's Welcome To Inverness   (Ref. 648) 

Standing Stones   (Ref. 271) 

Sweet Maid Of Glendaruel   (Ref. 617) 

Sweet Maid Of Mull   (Ref. 611) 

Tam Bain's Lum   (Ref. 784) 

The 72nd's Farewell To Aberdeen   (Ref. 638)

The 74th's Farewell To Edinburgh   (Ref. 644)

The Atholl Highlanders   (Ref. 259) 

The Athole Highlanders March To Loch Katrine   (Ref. 662)

The Balkan Hills   (Ref. 402)

The Balmoral Highlanders   (Ref. 425)

The Banks Of Allan Water   (Ref. 414)  

The Barren Rocks Of Aden   (Ref. 654)

The Battle Of The Somme   (Ref. 403)  

The Battle's O'er   (Ref. 454)   

The Black Bear   (Ref. 788) 

The Black Water   (Ref. 551)

The Bloody Fields Of Flanders   (Ref. 277)

The Bluebell Polka   (Ref. 789)    

The Bonawe Highlanders   (Ref. 716) 

The Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie   (Ref. 637)  

The Braemar Gathering   (Ref. 267)     

The Braes Of Castle Grant   (Ref. 700) 

The Cameron Highlanders   (Ref. 674)   

The Cock O' The North   (Ref. 339)

The Conundrum   (Ref. 263) 

The Dream Valley Of Glendaruel   (Ref. 430)

The Duke Of Fife's Welcome To Deeside   (Ref. 689)

The Earl Of Mansfield   (Ref. 681) 

The Garden Of Skye   (Ref. 258)  

The Green Hills Of Tyrol   (Ref. 699)  

The Heights Of Cassino   (Ref. 750)  

The Highland Wedding   (Ref. 471)  

The High Road To Dundee   (Ref. 433) 

The Hills Of Alva   (Ref. 450)  

The Inverness Gathering   (Ref. 650) 

The Kilworth Hills   (Ref. 633)

The Lewis And Harris Gathering   (Ref. 275) 

The McNeils Of Ugadale   (Ref. 781)

The Peat Fire Flame   (Ref. 268)  

The Sands Of Loch Bee   (Ref. 448)   

The Seige Of Delhi   (Ref. 420)  

The Tartan   (Ref. 487)  

The Thistle Of Scotland   (Ref. 269)

Thingummyjig Polka   (Ref. 764) 

Tug Argan Gap   (Ref. 266) 

Wade's Welcome To Inverness   (Ref. 476) 

Wae's Me For Prince Charlie   (Ref. 498)  

Walter Douglas MBE   (Ref. 329) 

We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa'   (Ref. 324)

Whistle O'er The Lave O't   (Ref. 265) 


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