The Snowflake hornpipe

Also known as Cooney’s, Cranncuil Ui Chuana.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Snowflake appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Snowflake has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Snowflake
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 AG Acec|~B3c B2 dc|Bcde fgaf|eagf e/f/e d/c/B|
A/B/A GB Acec|~B3c defg|agae fdBG|1 A/B/A GB A2 E2:|2 A/B/A GB A2 cd||
efed ceag|fedc defg|agfe dcBA|GEBG Ecd^d|
efed ceag|fedc defg|agae fdBG|1 A/B/A GB A2 cd:|2 A/B/A GB AdcB||
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X: 2
T: The Snowflake
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:(3EFG|A>GA>E (3ABc e>c|B>^AB>F B2 d>c|B2 d>e f2 a>f|(3eag (3fed (3efe (3dcB|
(3ABA G>B A>ce>c|(3BcB ^A>c B2 (3efg|a>ga>e f>dB>G|A2 G2 A2:|
|:(3Bcd|e>fe>d c>ea>g|f>ed>c d>ef>g|a>gf>e d>cB>A|G>EB>G E>cd>^d|
e2 (3fe^d e2 a>g|f2 (3edc d2 (3efg|a>ga>e f>d (3BAG|A2 E2 [A,2A2]:|
X: 3
T: The Snowflake
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D2|G2 GF GBdB|AGAB ABcB|ABcd efge|dgfe dcBA|
G2 GF GBdB|AGAB cdef|gfgd ecAF|GdcF G2:|
|:Bc|dedc Bdgf|edcB cdef|gfed cBAG|FdAF DBc^c|
dedc Bdgf|edcB cdef|gfgd ecAF|GdcF G2:|
X: 4
T: The Snowflake
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D2|G2GF GBdB|AGAB cdef|gfgf ecAG|FGAF DEFD|
GFEF GBdB|AGAB cdef|gfgf ecAF|G2G2G2:|
|:Bc|dedc Bcdf|efed cdef|gfgf ecAG|FGAF DEFD|
GFEF GBdB|AGAB cdef|gfghf ecAF|G2G2G2:|

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Snowflake Hornpipe - on the fiddle

Hello all,

Been awhile since my last post, and I am still puzzled with this silly little tune. First off, no I can’t read music well, and no, I haven’t even heard this tune played. On top of all of this It has no time signature….so how is a rookie to know how to play it?

Do hornpipes all play the same speed? I am quite lost and would love some guidance from some other, more seasoned fiddlers. The only other things I can tell by the notation are that it is played in A. and that it is noted "alle breve", I think that means cut time, but heaven know I need help here!

I would especially like to hear it!!! I can picmk things up WAY fatser when I have heard it!


The Snowflake Hornpipe

I got this out of my old dog-eared copy of Cole’s 1,000 Fiddle Tunes. Ages ago. I’m sure I’ve morphed it some from that setting, but this is how it comes out these days.

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"The Snowflake Hornpipe" ~ swingin’ it about some

K: A Major
|: (3EFG |
A>GA>E (3ABc e>c | B>^AB>F B2 d>c | B2 d>e f2 a>f | (3eag (3fed (3efe (3dcB |
(3ABA G>B A>ce>c | (3BcB ^A>c B2 (3efg | a>ga>e f>dB>G | A2 G2 A2 :|
|: (3Bcd |
e>fe>d c>ea>g | f>ed>c d>ef>g | a>gf>e d>cB>A | G>EB>G E>cd>^d |
e2 (3fe^d e2 a>g | f2 (3edc d2 (3efg | a>ga>e f>d (3BAG | A2 E2 A,2 :|

This would go nicely in G too… 😉

‘C’ I like those A sharps!

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they say there isn’t two snowflakes the same… Not so with hornpipes!

The Snowflake, X:4

Here’s the setting under the name "Cooney’s Hornpipe" in O’Neill’s 1001, tune #916. Very similar to the Snowflake setting in G that Javi V shared, other than the close of the first line.