Greenfield Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Greenfield Hornpipe M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Hornpipe C:Michael Higgins B:Original Dances, Waltzes & Hornpipes for the Violin (1829, p. 6) B:Composed by M. Higgins. New York. Published by Firth & Hall, 1 Franklin Sq. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D f/g/|a/^g/a/f/ d/f/b/a/|a/^g/a/f/ dc/d/|e/A/f/A/ e/A/f/A/|e/d/c/B/ Af/g/| a/^g/a/f/ d/f/b/a/|a/^g/a/f/ dc/d/|B/G/F/G/ A/d/c/e/|dDD:| |:c/d/|e/d/c/B/ A/G/E/G/|F/A/d/f/ af/a/|g/e/A/g/ f/d/A/f/|e/d/c/B/ Ac/d/| e/d/c/B/ A/G/E/G/|F/A/d/f/ a/f/b/a/|g/f/e/d/ c/A/B/c/|dDD:|]

GREENFIELD HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Forester's Hornpipe." American, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was composed by Michael Higgins and is contained in his book of his compositions, Original Dances, Waltzes & Hornpipes for the Violin (New York, 1829). The title probably refers to Greenfield, Mass., a town that still has a thriving tradition and is the premier venue for New England contra-dancing. Higgins wrote tunes with New York and New England regional names, and "Greenfield Hornpipe" is on a page with "Vermont", and the following page has "Green Mountain Boys (2)," "Yankee Hornpipe" and "Rhode Island Hornpipe," so there is little doubt that the Massachusetts town is the Greenfield of the title.

"Forester's Hornpipe" is the name assigned to the tune in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Higgins (Original Dances, Waltzes & Hornpipes for the Violin), New York, 1829; p. 6. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus No. 6), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 600.

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