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Galway Hornpipe. Cronin's Hornpipe. Flowers of Edinburgh. The hornpipe is any of several dance forms played and danced in Britain and elsewhere from the late 17th century until the present day. It is said that hornpipe as a dance began around the 16th century on English sailing vessels. Movements were those familiar to sailors of that time: "looking out to sea" with the right hand to the forehead, then the left, lurching as in heavy weather, and giving the occasional rhythmic tug to their breeches both fore and aft.
The Sailor's Hornpipe
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It was so called because the bell at the open end was sometimes made of horn Hornpipe noun a lively tune played on a hornpipe, for dancing; a tune adapted for such playing. Freebase 0.
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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary 0. Etymology and Origins 0. The bell is shaped from a section of horn, wood or sometimes rolled bark, and may have tuning holes or decorative work.
This class of instrument comprises the ancient predecessors to our modern cylindrically bored reed instruments, such as the clarinet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the single-reed musical instrument.
For the type of dance in whose music it is an important instrument, see Hornpipe. In Deane L.
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