Lonnie's Hornpipe

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LONNIE'S HORNPIPE. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Nebraska, Missouri. B-Flat Major ('A' part) & F Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A tune learned in northern Missouri by source Lonnie Robertson, who had no title for it. Robertson enjoyed the tune, and it became associated with his name through his frequent playing of it. Drew Beisswenger (2008) points out that the key change between strains, while not unknown in reels and hornpipes in the Ozarks, is rare, and he speculates derivation from the schottische form played in German communities in central and northern Missouri. Beissenger also points to large interval jumps in the tune as uncharacteristic of much of the region's breakdown fiddling.

Source for notated version: Lonnie Robertson (Missouri) via Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson]; Lonnie Robertson (1908-1981, Springfield, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 121. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 36.

Recorded sources: Rounder CD 0375, Lonnie Robertson - "Lonnie's Breakdown" (1996. Originally recorded 1979).




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