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Tune ID#2556 (Japanese Hornpipe)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Japanese Hornpipe about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JD 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Japanese Hornpipe / The Japanese (1st in set Tá mo Mhadra a.k.a. Tá Mo Madra on BgCn; 2nd in set The Japanese Hornpipe on Fdl 1) (also in B or G, also with a 3rd part, also described as a barndance) (1st part same as 1st part of Hereafter #6930)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
195018#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle).
196029#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle).
197421#1
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
~199211#1
[BgCn] Séamus Begley and Stephen Cooney. Meitheal. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Stephen Cooney (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, ditjeridú).
~19962#2
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion, melodeon).
20002#1
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle).
20046#2
[TP 9] Tommy Peoples. Recorded at Fiddler's Hearth. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~20083#2
[Fdl 1] Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O'Donnell. Fidil. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle).
201210#3
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
McInerney's
DByrn
Miss Crawford
TP 9
Castles in the Air
Fdl 1
Wily Old Bachelor
CtNGn
Played beforeOn Albums
Tá Mo Mhadra
BgCn
Newcastle
DMeehan

Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #65 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #93 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1950