Foxhunter Hornpipe

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FOXHUNTER HORNPIPE, THE. AKA – "Fox Hunter's Jigg (1)." English, Scottish; Slip Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. It is a version of parts of the Irish melody called "Fox Chase (The)" and "Foxhunter's Jig (1) (The)," although its appearance in English publications predates those in Irish ones. The tune's original provenance is still to be established. It was first published by Walsh & Hare in the 3rd Book of the New Country Dancing Master (London, 1728), and was included in a few musicians' manuscript collections, including that of London musician Thomas Hammersley (1790) and ship's fiddler William Litten (1800–1802, where it appears as "Foxhunter's Jigg"). It may have been considered an 'Old' or Triple Hornpipe, often noted in 3/2 time but sometimes converted to 9/8 time; however, nowadays it is considered a slip jig.

Source for notated version: Knowles identifies this tune as coming from an anonymous 18th century English manuscript.

Printed sources: Knowles (A Northern Lass), 1995; p. 20. William Ross (Collection [of] Pipe Music), 1869; No. 146, p. 111.

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