Recluse Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Recluse Hornpipe N:Based on the playing of fiddler Tommy Doucet (1902-1992, Nova Scotia & Boston), N:transcribed by Stacy Phillips M:C| L:1/8 R:Hornpipe B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 23, No. 4, Winter 1993 (p. 43) K:Eb |:((3Bcd|"Eb"e2) B4 eB|"G7"d2=B4 G2|"Ab"c2[A2c2]- [Ac]cBc|"Bb7"BcB=A _AGFD| "Eb"E2G2E2 ED|"Ab"C2 A,2c2=A,2|"Bb7"B,=A,B,D FAGF|"Eb"E2 B,2 [E2B2]:| (3agf||.g2 [E2B2] .b2 [E2B2]|"Bb7"f=efg f2 _ed|"Cm".e2c2.g2c2|"Bb7"d2G2 edcB| "Ab".cA2.e2A2|"Eb"GABc B2 (3GFE|"Bb7"D2 Bc B2a2|"Eb"gabg eagf| .g2[E2B2].b2 [E2B2]|"Bb7"f=efb fdBd|"Cm".c2 C2 .e2C2|"Bb7"B=ABe BGED| "Ab"CEAc ecAE|"Eb"B,EGB eBGE|"Bb7"DB=AB cB_AD|"Eb"E2G2E2||



RECLUSE HORNPIPE. Scottish, Hornpipe. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by early 20th century composer J.D. Michie (1884-1960), a musician, inventor, composer, teacher, poet and craftsman, who resided and kept a music shop in Brechin. He composed a hornpipe suite in the key of Eb (published in 1933) that consisted of "Autocrat (The)," "Jester (The)," and "Optimist (The)." A second hornpipe suite was preceded by a slow air ("Dying Year (The)" (dedicated to fiddler Angus Fitchet, who responded with a march, "Mr. Michie"), followed by "Cynic (The)," "Desclaimer (The)," and "Recluse (The)." The source for Nova Scotia/Boston fiddler Tom Doucet's (1902-1992) version of the tune, British fiddler Hiram Hosey, played in the J. Scott Skinner mode, according to Paul Cranford, with “…lots of bow work and flourishes.”


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Tom Doucet (Nova Scotia/eastern Mass., who learned it from a c. 1930’s Beltone 78 RPM of Scottish fiddler Hiram Hosie/Hosey) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 218.

Recorded sources : - Fiddler FRLP001, Tom Doucet - “The Down East Star.” Rounder CD 11661-7033-2, Natalie MacMaster – “My Roots are Showing” (2000).




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