Electric Hornpipe (2) (The)
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ELECTRIC HORNPIPE . American, Hornpipe. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composition credited to one G.L. Tracy in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921) was a young man who later composed light opera and composition books, according to musicologist Charles Wolfe. Evidently Tracy arranged music as well, for one publication from the 1880's indicates an Arthur & Sullivan work was arranged by him.
The title was likely inspired by the inventions of New Jersey inventor Thomas A. Edison, who, in January, 1880, was awarded a patent for light bulb patent that employed a carbon filament vacuum tube. The incandescent light became popular over the next decade as the lamps became more affordable. Edison himself had to fight for clear patents and eventually (1892) the strongest plaintiffs were merged to become the General Electric Company.