Excelsior (2)

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EXCELSIOR [2]. American, Canadian; Hornpipe or Clog. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The word 'excelsior' is frequently used as a motto, meaning 'higher' or 'upwards', often used (by the poet Longfellow, for example) as an injunction or aspiration. The melody, however, was published in earlier Elias Howe collections (such as 1000 jigs and reels, c. 1867) as "Baltimore Hornpipe."

Source for notated version: Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Nova Scotia) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 88. Cranford (Brenada Stubbert's), 1994; No. 23, p. 9. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 121.

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