Star Hornpipe (1) (The)

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X:1 T:The Star Hornpipe M:2/4 L:1/16 S:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 307, no. 1654 Z:François-Emmanuel de Wasseige N:The original key signature has been modified (G instead of D). K:G (Bc)|dcdf gecA|GFGB D2(EF)|GFGA BABc|dcdf A2(Bc)| dcdf gecA|GFGB D2(EF)|Gedc BAGF|A2G2 G2:| |:(cB)|A^GAB cBcd|e^def g2(gf)|edcB cBAG|F2D2 D2(Bc)| d^cdf gecA|GFGB D2(EF)|Gedc BAGF|A2G2 G2:|]



STAR (HORNPIPE) [1], THE (Crannciuil an Realt). Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Paul De Grae's remarks:

A curiosity, perhaps assembled from two different tunes in either Howe or Ryan. Its first part is very like that of Howe's "Double Clog Dance"; the first four bars of the second part resemble those of "Norton's Best Hornpipe", while the remaining four bars of the second part are the same as the conclusion of the first part, i.e., like "Double Clog Dance."

The two Howe tunes reappear in Ryan: "Double Clog Dance" as "Gray's Opera House," and "Norton's Best Hornpipe" three times, "Norton's Favorite," "Remembrance of Dublin" and, slightly altered, "Amazon Hornpipe." The similarities to O'Neill's tune, though significant, are not exact; thus, either Howe or Ryan could have been the source with alterations, presumably, by the talented James O'Neill.

"Spellan's Fiddle: and "Spring Garden (1) (The)" also appear to derive from one or both of these tunes, and are also sourced from James O'Neill.[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - O'Neill [O'Neill]. Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill was a musically literate fiddler originally from County Down. He was instrumental in assisting Francis O'Neill with his collecting and transcribing for his early volumes.

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 186. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1654, p. 307. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 875, p. 151.






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  1. Paul de Grae, “Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O’Neill Collections”, 2012 [1]