Annotation:Miss Richards' Hornpipe

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MISS RICHARDS’ HORNPIPE. English, Hornpipe (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. From the early 19th century Hardy family manuscripts, Dorset, whose most famous member was novelist wikipedia:Thomas_Hardy (1840-1928). Barry Callaghan (2007) identifies Miss Richards as a “famous Sadlers Wells acrobat and dancer (who) performed in Dorchester in 1786.” She is recorded as having performed feats of "Ground and Lofty Tumbling" in a show called "Exhibitions of Sadlers Wells" presented by Andrews company at Coopers' Hall, Bristol, March, 1782. Elizabeth Rebecca Richards (1775–1854) married actor John Edwin in 1791 and continued a long and successful career as Mrs. Edwin (long surviving her husband, who died in Dublin in 1805). A sketch of her can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 17, by John Joseph Knight [1].

The first strain of "Miss Richard's Hornpipe" is shared with the Irish polka "Thady Ragen," although the second strains differ.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Barber (Nick Barber's English Choice), 2002; no. 77, p. 35. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 21.

Recorded sources : - DMPCD 0204, Nick & Mary Barber with Huw Jones - "Lovely Nancy" (2002).

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