The Rake hornpipe

The Rake has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Rake has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Rake
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d^c =cB2G|D2 GB2G|d2 Bg fg|ag fg2d|B2 GF2E|
F2 GA2B|cB Ad2^c|d2 ef2d|c2 AB2G|
D2 GB2G|d2 Bg fg|ag fg2d|B2 GB cd|
g2 dc2A|F2 GA2G|G2 F2<G2|[dB][^cA] [=c^G]B2=G|
D2 GB2G|d2 Bg fg|ag fg2d|B2 GF2E|
F2 GA2B|cB Ad2^c|d2 ef2d|c2 AB2G|
D2 GB2G|d2 Bg fg|ag fg2d|B2 GB cd|
g2 dc2A|F2 GA2G|G2 F2<G2|A2 G2<F2|
D2>D2 FA|d2 cB2G|G2 F2<G2|A2 G2<F2|
D3d2^c|e2 df2e|d2 ^c2<d2|A2 G2<F2|
D2>D2 FA|d2 cB2G|G2 F2<G2|A2 GF2A|
d2 fe2d|^c2 ed5|c4|B2 GD2G|
B2 Gd2B|gf ga gf|g2 dB2G|F2 EF2G|
A2 Bc BA|d2 ^cd2e|f2 dc2A|B2 GD2G|
B2 Gd2B|gf ga gf|g2 dB2G|Bc dg2d|
c2 AF2G|A2 GG2F|G4|
2
X: 2
T: The Rake
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3d^c=c|BGDG BGdB|(3gfg (3agf gdBG|FEFG AB (3cBA|d^cde fdcA|
BGDG BGdB|(3gfg (3agf gdBG|(3Bcd gd cAFG|AGGF G2:|
AG|F2D2 D2 dc|B2G2G2 AG|F2D2 d^ced|fed^c d2 AG|
F2D2 D2 dc|B2G2G2 AG|FAdf ed^ce|d4 =c4|
BGDG BGdB|(3gfg (3agf gdBG|FEFG AB (3cBA|d^cde fdcA
BGDG BGdB|(3gfg (3agf gdBG|(3Bcd gd cAFG|AGGF G2||

Three comments

Rake Hornpipe

The Rake Hornpipe is a 16th century traditional hornpipe composed by Robert Alexander White.

This tune is featured in the animated TV show Spongebob Squarepants, which is where I heard it from. It’s originally played slowly like in this video, but I find a 1.25 - 1.5x tempo suits the tune much better. Lovely tune in any case.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aolvkt1EMYc

Re: The Rake

If there’s one thing I can say for sure, it’s that this tune is not from the 16th century with folks like Palestrina, Gesualdo, and Dowland! But I also came to love this tune through SpongeBob! Does anyone know if it goes by another name? I find it odd that there’s only 1 setting

The Rake, X:2

Setting #1 has a few problems with scansion - it has been typed as if in 6/8, but using the website’s hornpipe pro-forma, for which the time signature is fixed as 4/4. Setting #2 is a ‘corrected’ version, based on the ‘Spongebob’ recording. I have transcribed it in its simplest form, based on the top line played on the concertina (the whistle padds a couple of more elaborate twists. I have followed the convention of writing it out ‘straight’ (undotted), even though it is played on the recording with a heavily dotted rhythm.

This tune has the slightly unusual AABA structure (somewhat more commonly encountered in English tunes - which this very likely is). In the recording posted here, it is only played once through but, in my experience, such tunes, when repeated, tend to be played AAB AAB … and finish with an A. But AABA AABA … is also a possibility.