Honeyman's Hornpipe

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HONEYMAN'S (HORNPIPE). Scottish, Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBCC. Composed by William C. Honeyman (1845-1919), a fiddle tune composer and author of an influential tutor for Scottish fiddlers. In Honeyman's tutor this melody was characterized as an "Easy Melody for Setting the Hand to B Flat," and the "Honeyman's Hornpipe" title is Nigel Gatherer's name for it. Honeyman was a contemporary of J. Scott Skinner, who wrote numerous histories and tutorials, including The Violin: How to Master It, Strathspey Players Past and Present, and The Young Violinist's Tutor and Duet Book, among others. It was his opinion the Scottish music ‘defies all rule’, as it breaks the rules of conventional harmony in its somewhat quirky construction.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gatherer (Gatherer's Musical Museum), 1987; p. 42. Honeyman (The Young Violinist's Tutor and Duet Book).

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