Cooper’s hornpipe

Also known as Jock Wilson, Jock Wilson’s.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Cooper's has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Cooper's
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG|FA d2 d2 cB|cd e2 e2 dc|defd gfed|ec A2 ABAG|
FA d2 d2 cB|cd e2 e2 ag|fdec dABG|F2 D2 D2:|
(3ABc|dAFA DFAd|edcB Aceg|fdAF DFAd|edcB A3A|
BGBd gfed|cAce d3A|BGAF GEAG|F2 D2 D2:|

Seven comments

I searched the database a few times but couldn’t find this, maybe someone else will. I transcribed it from memory, but I think this is pretty close how it appears in the Athole Collection, which is where I found it, initially. It might be in Kerr’s as well, I don’t have a copy on hand. It’s a nice, neat little tune.

I declined to add any of the ‘bouncy-bouncy’ in the ABC notation. The A part feels a little more taut, like a hornpipe, and the B part is more of a nice, fluid cascade of notes (imagine sliding on wet grass), and I play it as such. As with anything, if you play it once through to feel it out, it should pretty much tell you how it wants to sound. I think the two halves are a nice balanced contrast.

The Fiddler’s Companion website lists it as such:

“COOPER‘S HORNPIPE. Scottish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard. AABB (Athole, Hardings): AA’BB (Kerr). Hardings All Round Collection, 1905; No. 57, pg. 17. Kerr (Merry Melodies), Vol. 2; No. 346, pg. 38. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; pg. 297.”

Hudswell MS

I was trolling the Village Music Project’s excellent collection of ABC transcriptions in search of neglected hornpipes…

…and I found Cooper’s HP is included in the Hudswell MS exactly as it appears here, which is also how it appears in the Athole Collection, minus the grace notes furnished in transcription by James Stewart-Robertson.

A note in the Hudswell MS provides the alternate title, “Jock Wilson.”

“Jock Wilson’s Hornpipe”

Good catch GW…

spelling error… that’s supposed to be “Huddswell”