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DEFIANCE . American, Hornpipe. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "As performed by R. Tyson" states the note in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), an as-yet unknown performer (see also his "Bella Union" reel). Al Smitley suggests the tune may possibly have been named for either a warship, clipper ship or a bark called Defiance, a name that does appear in American Clipper Ships 1833-1858 by Howe and Matthews.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 94. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 129.