The Saratoga hornpipe

Also known as The Saratoga Hornpipe.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Saratoga has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Saratoga has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Saratoga
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
AB|~c3A ~d3A|cAFA ~c3A|BAGB AGFD|Gccd c2AB|
~c3A ~d3A|cAFA c2f2|edef efge|f2a2 f2f2|
aAgA fAeA|fAeA dAfA|eA^ce agfe|fgfe defg|
aAgA fAeA|fAeA dAfA|efga bgeg|f2a2 f2f2||
2
X: 2
T: The Saratoga
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d>^cd>B e>=cg>e|d>BG>B d>Be>d|c>B (3ABc B>AG>B|A>d^c>e d2 (3AB=c|
d>^cd>B e>=cg>e|d>BG>B d>ef>g|e>fg>a f>ga>b|g2 b2 g2:|
b>Ba>B g>Bf>B|g>Bf>B e>Bg>B|f>B^d>f b>ag>f|g>af>g e>fg>a|
b>Ba>B g>B f2|g>Bf>B e>B g2|f>ga>b c'>a (3fga|g2 b2 g2:|
d^cdB e=cge|dBGB dBed|cBAc BAGB|Ad^ce d2 B=c|
d^cdB e=cge|dBGB defg|efga fgab|g2 b2 g2:|
bBaB gBfB|gBfB eBgB|fB^df bagf|gafg efga|
bBaB gB f2|gBfB eB g2|fgab c'afa|g2 b2 g2:|
3
X: 3
T: The Saratoga
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
c>=Bc>A d>_Bf>d|c>AF>A c>Ad>c|B>A (3GAB A>G (3FGA|G>c=B>d c2 (3GA_B|
c>=Bc>A d2 (3fed|c>AF>A c2 (3def|d>ef>g e>fg>a|f2 a2 f2:|
a>Ag>A f>Ae>A|f>Ae>A d>Af>A|e>A^c>e a>gf>e|f>ge>f d>ef>g|
a>Ag>A f>A e2|f>Ae>A d>A f2|e2 (3fga b>g (3efg|f2 a2 f2:|
c=BcA d_Bfd|cAFA cAdc|BAGB AGFA|Gc=Bd c2 A_B|
c=BcA d_Bfd|cAFA cdef|defg efga|f2 a2 f2:|
aAgA fAeA|fAeA dAfA|eA^ce agfe|fgef defg|
aAgA fA e2|fAeA dA f2|efga bgeg|f2 a2 f2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Saratoga
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|~d3B ~e3B|dBGB ~d3B|cBAc BAGB|Addc d2Bc|
~d3B ~e3B|dBGB defg|efga fgab|g2b2 g2g2|
bBaB gBfB|gBfB efge|fB^df bagf|gafg e3|
bBaB gBfB|gBfB efge|fB^df bagf|gafg e3||

Ten comments

A Reel ?

A Tune i got from a session recording. Nameless until i heard Nomos entitling it as "The Saratoga". Both version are played as a fast reel, but the composition make me think of a hornpipe. two "Saratoga" are already present in the base, but this one is different. Anyone with an alternative title?

I recognise the second half, its played around cork with a different first part to thge one you have here, the first part is in D major I think, but I only ever got the 2nd half! ideas?

This tune is listed as the Saratoga Hornpipe in "The Portland Collection" tunebook. I also have recordings of this tune by Natalie MacMaster, Buddy MacMaster, Chris Duncan, Troy MacGillivray.

🙂

Yes! ~ BUT ~ AABB = 32 bars, and can and is played in other keys…

This is a classic contra dance tune in North America, played from the West to the East coasts, from Alaska to Newfoundland, and North to South, usually flat out, without swing, as for a reel. However, it is always listed as a ‘hornpipe’, and some folks do swing it…

Another davydd ~ but with a ‘v’ instead of an ‘f’, and also with some of your own tunes given in your details… Croeso! 😉

Ah yes, there is a video on Comhaltas live of some ceili band playing this tune in a fleadh competition. they play it as a hornpipe. just cant remember which clip it is.

"The Saratoga HORNPIPE" ~ !!! ~ another take, this time in G

Nice connection Confusin’, but ~ I think there are considerably enough differences for it to have it’s own identity, mutant or otherwise. But here’s a G transcription that can serve for a closer comparison ~ and an improvement on the sad and problematic transcription given here ~ first swung then flat for button’s sake ~

X: 2
T: Saratoga, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: G Major
|: B>c |\
d>^cd>B e>=cg>e | d>BG>B d>Be>d | c>B (3ABc B>AG>B | A>d^c>e d2 (3AB=c |
d>^cd>B e>=cg>e | d>BG>B d>ef>g | e>fg>a f>ga>b | g2 b2 g2 :|
|: (3fga |\
b>Ba>B g>Bf>B | g>Bf>B e>Bg>B | f>B^d>f b>ag>f | g>af>g e>fg>a |
b>Ba>B g>B f2 | g>Bf>B e>B g2 | f>ga>b c’>a (3fga | g2 b2 g2 :|

& now sans the > & (3 ~

X: 2
T: Saratoga, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: G Major
|: Bc |\
d^cdB e=cge | dBGB dBed | cBAc BAGB | Ad^ce d2 B=c |
d^cdB e=cge | dBGB defg | efga fgab | g2 b2 g2 :|
|: ga |\
bBaB gBfB | gBfB eBgB | fB^df bagf | gafg efga |
bBaB gB f2 | gBfB eB g2 | fgab c’afa | g2 b2 g2 :|

"The Saratoga HORNPIPE" ~ in F, swung and straight (no >s or (3s)

X: 1
T: Saratoga, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: F Major
|: A>B |\
c>=Bc>A d>_Bf>d | c>AF>A c>Ad>c | B>A (3GAB A>G (3FGA | G>c=B>d c2 (3GA_B |
c>=Bc>A d2 (3fed | c>AF>A c2 (3def | d>ef>g e>fg>a | f2 a2 f2 :|
|: (3efg |\
a>Ag>A f>Ae>A | f>Ae>A d>Af>A | e>A^c>e a>gf>e | f>ge>f d>ef>g |
a>Ag>A f>A e2 | f>Ae>A d>A f2 | e2 (3fga b>g (3efg | f2 a2 f2 :|

X: 1
T: Saratoga, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: F Major
|: AB |\
c=BcA d_Bfd | cAFA cAdc | BAGB AGFA | Gc=Bd c2 A_B |
c=BcA d_Bfd | cAFA cdef | defg efga | f2 a2 f2 :|
|: fg |\
aAgA fAeA | fAeA dAfA | eA^ce agfe | fgef defg |
aAgA fA e2 | fAeA dA f2 | efga bgeg | f2 a2 f2 :|

Siona’s version, more or less, in G and Em

From June NiChormaic’s group, Siona

X: 1
T: Saratoga, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:G
Bc | ~d3B ~e3B | dBGB ~d3B| cBAc BAGB |Addc d2Bc |
~d3B ~e3B | dBGB defg | efga fgab |g2b2 g2g2|
bBaB gBfB | gBfB efge |fB^df bagf |gafg e3|
bBaB gBfB | gBfB efge |fB^df bagf |gafg e3||

I follow it with The Smell of the Bog….