Mr Preston’s three-two

Also known as The Cheshire Round, Mr Preston’s Hornpipe.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mr Preston's has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mr Preston's
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: a4 g4 e4 | a2e4 dc BcdB | a4 g4 e4 | g2d4 G2 BcdB :|
|: A2e4 A2 c4 | A2e4 A2 BcdB | A2e4 A2 c4 | B2g4 d2 BcdB :|
|: ae3 fd3 ec3 | a2e4 dc BcdB | ae3 fd3 ec3 | g2d4 G2 BcdB :|
|: A2e2 cdec A2e2 | A2e4 dc BcdB | A2e2 cdec A2a2 | g2d4 G2 BcdB :|
|: A2a2 cdec A2a2 | A2a2 cdec G2g2 | A2a2 cdec A2a2 | g2d4 G2 BcdB :|
|: A2a4 e2 cdec | A2a4 d2 BcdB | A2a4 e2 cdec | B2g4 d2 BcdB :|
|: A2e2 cdec A2e2 | cdec A2e2 BcdB | A2e2 cdec A2e2 | d2g2 d2G2 BcdB :|
|: A2a2 e2c2 A2a2 | A2a2 cdec B2g2 | A2a2 e2c2 A2a2 |g2d2 B2G2 BcdB :|
|: A2c4 d2 e2A2 | c2e2 A2d2 BcdB | A2c4 d2 e2dc | B2g2 d2G2 BcdB :|
|: agfe fedc dcBA | a2e4 dc BcdB | agfe fedc dcBA | g2d4 G2 BcdB :|
|: A2e4 A2 c3B | A2e4 A2 BcdB | A2e4 A2c4 | B2g4 d2 BcdB :|
X: 2
T: Mr Preston's
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:a4 g4 e4|a2 e4 dc BcdB|a4 g4 e4|g2 d4 G2BcdB:|
|:a2 e4 A2 c4|A2 e4 A2 BcdB|A2 e4 A2 c4|B2 g4 d2 BcdB:|
|:a e2 f d3 e c4|a2 e4 dc BcdB|a e2 f d3 e c4|g2 d4 G2 BcdB:|
|:A2 e2 cdec A2 e2|A2 e4 dc BcdB|a e2 f d3 e c4|f2 d4 G2 BcdB:|
|:A2 e2 cdec A2 e2|cdec A2 e2 BcdB|A2 e2 cdec A2 e2|d2 g2 d2 G2 BcdB:|
|:a2 c4 d2 e2 a2|c2 e2 A2 d2 BcdB|A2 c4 d2 e2 dc|B2 g2 d2 G2 BcdB:|
|:agfe fedc dcBA|a2 e4 dc BcdB|agfe fedc dcBA|g2 d4 G2 BcdB:|

Four comments

Mr Preston’s

This three-two was published in "Original Lancashire Hornpipes, Old and New", by Thomas Marsden, Playford 1705.

The tune was used by the band The Famous Five (now known as Spiro) on an eponymous track on their first commercial recording, "Lost in Fishponds" of 1994. This was a cassette recording so know may be difficult to find.

It is also known as the "Cheshire Round", but this was applied to several tunes for the dance of this name.

One thing about these three-twos with a large number of parts, sometimes in double figures, is that everyone gets their money’s worth!

Mr Preston’s

The modern publication of the original source is John Offord’s "John of the Green, the Cheshire Way".

Economy of parts

Gary West has been teaching this at smallpipes workshops in North America. Not sure where he got his setting from but it is a bit more economical of parts, if time and/or memory are at a premium.

X:1
T:Mr Preston’s Hornpipe
C:Arr. Gary West
M:3/2
L:1/8
K:Hp
|:a4 g4 e4|a2 e4 dc BcdB|a4 g4 e4|g2 d4 G2BcdB:|
|:a2 e4 A2 c4|A2 e4 A2 BcdB|A2 e4 A2 c4|B2 g4 d2 BcdB:|
|:a e2 f d3 e c4|a2 e4 dc BcdB|a e2 f d3 e c4|g2 d4 G2 BcdB:|
|:A2 e2 cdec A2 e2|A2 e4 dc BcdB|a e2 f d3 e c4|f2 d4 G2 BcdB:|
|:A2 e2 cdec A2 e2|cdec A2 e2 BcdB|A2 e2 cdec A2 e2|d2 g2 d2 G2 BcdB:|
|:a2 c4 d2 e2 a2|c2 e2 A2 d2 BcdB|A2 c4 d2 e2 dc|B2 g2 d2 G2 BcdB:|
|:agfe fedc dcBA|a2 e4 dc BcdB|agfe fedc dcBA|g2 d4 G2 BcdB:|

Mr Preston’s, X:2

This is none of my own work. I am merely copying the setting in the comments above submitted by malcombpiper, because I want to compare it with the original X:1. I wish people would not post the abc versions of tunes in the comments. It’s very easy to add the abc to the site in the proper way.