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X:1 T:Jack the Rider M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Hornpipe N:A distanced variant of Riley's "Jack the Piper", AKA "Over the Hills N:and Far Away [2]." B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882, p. 647) B: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D B|A/F/D/F/ A/F/D/F/|GE E2|A/F/D/F/ A/B/c/d/|eE EF/G/| A/F/D/F/ A/F/D/F/|GGG f/g/|a/f/d/f/ e/c/A/c/|d3:| |:f/|e/c/A/c/ e/c/A/c/|dB B2|e/c/A/c/ e/f/^g/a/|bB B>B| A/F/D/F/ A/F/D/F/|GGG f/g/|a/f/d/f/ e/c/A/c/|d3:|]

JACK THE RIDER. American, Hornpipe (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Jack the Rider" was printed by Boston music publisher Elias Howe in his Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (1880-1882). It seems to have been derived from the old and well-known English air and march "Over the Hills and Far Away (2)," probably by way of New York music publisher Edward Riley's "Jack the Piper", printed in Flute Melodies vol. 2 (1820). Howe's and Riley's titles are similar, but Riley's melody is much closer to the English original, while Howe's tune is quite distanced but still recognizable as a variant...albeit a poor one.

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Printed sources : - Elias Howe (Musician's Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), 1880-1882; p. 647. Elias Howe (Howe’s 500 Irish Melodies Ancient and Modern), Boston, c. 1880; p. 647 (a collection of Irish tunes from previous Howe publications, plus 200 tunes from P.M. Joyce’s 1873 Ancient Irish Music).

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