The Browney Banks hornpipe

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X: 1
T: The Browney Banks
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D>E|F2A>F G>AF>A|(3dcd e>d e>fA>d|B>GD>B A>Fd>F|G>FE>D E2D>E|
F2A>F G>AF>A|(3dcd e>d e>fA>d|B>Gd>B A>df>a|g>fe>c d2:|
d>e|f>da>f e>d(3cde|d>Be>d c>A(3FGA|B>Gd>B A>Fd>F|G>FE>D E2d>e|
f>da>f e>d(3cde|d>Be>d c>A(3FGA|B>Gd>B A>df>a|g>fe>c d2d>e|
f>da>f e>d(3cde|d>Be>d c>A(3FGA|B>Gd>B A>Fd>F|G>FE>D E2D>E|
F2A>F G>AF>A|(3dcd e>d e>fA>d|B>Gd>B A>df>a|g>fe>c d2||

Three comments

The Browney Banks

I composed this in 1984 and I think it’s good enough to pass on. It’s called after the River Browney, a small river that joins the River Wear near Durham City (UK). I didn’t note it down with an instrument in mind, though it’s got into one of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society tune books, but it works well enough at a relaxed pace on flute and whistle.


This tune is fun, especially the unexpected jumps between registers which really bring out the bounce — if need be, you can reverse the A and B parts to accomodate a transition between tunes, and it gets on just as well. Some melodies just won’t do that.

Nice tune, nicholas. I’m always a bit wary of members’ own compositions as often they are more or less variations of standard tunes, but not this one.