Miss Worgman's Hornpipe

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MISS WORGMAN'S HORNPIPE. AKA and see "Bricklayer's Hornpipe (1)," "Hornpipe (56)," "Jenning's Champion Clog," "Lone Star Clog," "Miss Wilson's Favourite Rope Dance," "Monogram Hornpipe," "Princess Charlotte's Hornpipe," "Queen Hornpipe (The)." English, Hornpipe (2/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Miss Worgman was an English actor and dancer for the stage in the early 19th century. The periodical Mirror of the Stage, Or, New Dramatic Censor (vol. 3, p. 175) gave a review of her performance at Bath during a divertissement between acts of The Barber of Seville:

...and Miss Worgman exerted herself in a manner that will always insure her success and applause. She acquires herself in the skipping-rope dance as well as we think it could be done; and her general abilities are considerable, and if properly exerted, will ultimately gain her public consideration.

The tune appears as an untitled hornpipe in McLean's Amateurs Companion (Dublin, c. 1810-15), although a note with the tune reads "Double Rope. Sigr. Ferzi." Ferzi (sometimes spelt Farci), along with his pupil Garmon, were recorded as being rope dancers performing at Sadler's Wells (London) in 1771. A few years later, Garmon became a member of the first company formed by the celebrated Philip Astley for the Amphitheatre in the Westminster Road. The Ferzie family was recorded as performing in Dublin around the time McLean's volume was published:

On 8 November 1815 the Fishamble Street Theatre was again transformed into a circus, this time by Signor Ferzi, and opened as the Olympic Paviolion, where they seem to have performed regularly until the following February. The entertainments consisted of horsemanship, tight- and slack-rope danceing, comic singing, but no theatrical entertainments...In January 1816, J. Cook, known as "The Caledonian Equestrian", and W. Cooke, the Clown, performed there and took a benefit. On 20 January, Flemington, the acting manager, took a benefit, as did Montague the ballet-master on 10 February 1816. On 20 February, Miss Shaw gave a comic ballet "Love in a Tub," performed by Montague, Parker, Atkins, Flemmington, Ferzi, and the Misses Shaw. Sga. Serappina Ferzi danced on the tight-rope.[1]

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Printed sources : - W. Blackman (A Selection of the most favorite Hornpipes for the Violin), c. 1810-2; No. 7. McLean (The Amateurs Companion), Dublin, c. 1810-15; p. 25 (appears as untitled "Hornpipe").

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  1. John C. Greene, Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances, vol. 6 (2011, p. 4120).