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TRAFALGAR HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Passaic Hornpipe." American, Hornpipe (2/4 time). A Major (Cole, Ryan): G Major (Miller). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The English victory at the naval battle of Trafalgar was much commemorated in music and song, and on inn signs in Britain. One Trafalgar was a famous inn on the Thames River in London, the location for some years of the political Liberal Ministerial dinner until Gladstonian times. One might assume a British provenance for the tune, but one has not surfaced to date, making the appearance in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) the first appearance of the tune in print. Essentially the identical melody can be found in Ryan's collection under the more American title "Passaic Hornpipe," albeit with a time signature of cut time.
The first strain is shared with "Brilliancy," a migration to American old-time and bluegrass repertory.