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HIPPODROME. American, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composition attributed 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.
Although there are relatively modern venues called The Hippodrome (there was a theater in New York called the Hippodrome, built in 1905), the name originally referred to a type of ancient Greek stadium for horse and chariot racing.
Source for notated version: Sande Gillette & Terry Wergeland [Silberberg].
Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 38. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 63. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 61.
Recorded sources: Great Meadow CD 2007, Mary Cay Brass and Friends - "Green Mountain."
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources