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BRILLIANCY. AKA- "Brilliance," "Brilliancy Medley." AKA and see "Liverpool Hornpipe (1)," "Louisville Hornpipe." See also related tunes "Drunken Billy Goat," "Miller's Reel," "Wake Up Susan." Old-Time, Texas Style. USA, west Texas. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Christeson, Phillips/1994): AABBCC (Phillips/1995): AABBCCDDEE (Brody). John Hartford and others note that the first strain of "Passaic Hornpipe" is the same as this tune, as is "Trafalger Hornpipe" (the latter is cognate with the 'A' and 'C' parts of "Brilliancy"). Stacy Phillips remarks that the tune is a combination of "Passaic," "Trafalgar" and "Dew Drop" (the 'B' part) hornpipes. See also the related "Butterfly Hornpipe." There is some thought that "Brilliancy" was Eck Robertson's name for the set of variations he developed for "Drunken Billy Goat," although musicologist Charles Wolfe (1997) states that Robertson's piece is an amalgam of several fiddle tunes including "Drunken Billygoat" in combination with "Wake Up Susan (1)," "Old Billy Wilson" and "Bill Cheatum." Note there is a difference between the tunes that make up the first part of the tune, known as "Brilliancy" ("Billy Wilson (2)", "Drunken Billy Goat", "Wake Up Susan (1)"), and the extended piece known as "Brilliancy Medley" (with the addition of a different tune called "Billy Wilson (1)," and "Bill Cheatum"). "Brilliancy Medley" was one of Robertson's best known pieces and sold over 2,600 copies when it was released in September, 1930 (Wolfe, 1997). Harry Smith (Folkways FA2952, 1952) writes: "'Eck' Robertson was one of the pioneer rural recording artists, with unaccompanied solos issued by Victor thirty years ago. His playing in the present recording is quite archaic in its studied and exultant formality, but the medley of traditional tunes is more suited to the popular dance steps of the 1920's than for the square dance."
Eck Robertson (1887-1975)

Additional notes

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 2), 1984; p. 5. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; pp. 57-58. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 37. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 183.

Recorded sources : - County 507, Eck Robertson- "Old-Time Fiddle Classics." Folkways FA2952, Eck Robertson (1922) - "American Folk Music, vol. 2." Rounder 0046, Mark O'Conner- "National Junior Fiddle Champion." Sonyatone 201, Eck Robertson- "Master Fiddler." Victor 40298A (78 RPM), Eck Robertson & Family {1929. 2nd fiddle by Dr. J.B. Cranfill}.

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Red Williams' recording at Slippery-Hill [2]
See Austin Rogers' transcriptions of Eck Robertson's "Brilliancy Medley" [3] [4] [5]
Hear Robertson's "Drunken Billy Goat" part of the medley at Slippery Hill [6]

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