Sheet Music: The Groves Hornpipe

TitleThe Groves Hornpipe
Alternate titlesCrannciuil na Tor-Coillte
Jackson's Hornpipe
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature2/4
Tempo88 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-09-15
Last updated2011-09-15
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.1 (relatively unpopular)
Celtic Music, Hornpipes, Traditional/Folk


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Thursday 15 September 2011

Tune of the Day: The Groves

Traditional Irish hornpipe

While generally in the major tonality, accidentals and F-naturals are more or less frequent in this five-part tune, depending on the version. The most common setting today is probably the one in O'Neill's Music of Ireland, a 1903 collection containing 1850 traditional pieces. Francis O'Neill obtained his setting from the great piper Patrick Tuohey, though earlier he had been impressed with a version of the tune by piper John Hicks.

Remember that hornpipes are usually played with a pronounced “dotted” rhythm, even if traditional notation gives no indication of dottedness. You can listen to our samples to get a feel of the rhythm.