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RADFORD HORNPIPE. AKA and see “Madam Sylvain.” English, Hornpipe. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Tony Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book) believes the title may refer to the Radford Brothers, Walter and Albert, “who are known to have written and performed some notable, but technically difficult pieces in Manchester during the early 1800’s.” The tune requires movement to the third position on the violin in the 2nd part. It later appears in a publication by J. Scott Skinner as “Madam Sylvain.”

Source for notated version: the c. 1847 music manuscript book of Ellis Knowles, a musician from Radcliffe, Lancashire, England [Plain Brown].

Printed sources: Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book), 1997; p. 35.

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