Mr. Wilson's Hornpipe

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X:1 T:Mr. Wilson's Hornpipe M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (1804, p. 24) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F (F/4G/4A/4B/4)|~c3 AFA GEC|~(cBc) AFA GAB|{Ac}f3 cAF GEC|DBA GFE F2:| (f/g/|a2)g {fg}a2f g2c|{de}f2e fed e2A|{Bc}d2c dcB c2A|B2G A2F GEC| {fg}a2g agf gc’c|{de}f2e fed eaA|~d2b ~c2a ~B2g|agf cfe [A2c2f2]||

MR. WILSON'S HORNPIPE. Scottish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Mr. Wilson's Hornpipe" was composed by Edinburgh fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh (c. 1845-1808) and was printed in his Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels' (c. 1804). Mackintosh moved to London in the last decade or so of his life, and it is possible the tune was composed for noted London dancing master Thomas Wilson, author of A Companion to the Ball Room (1816), although there is no information that has surfaced at present to suggest this. Despite the word 'hornpipe' in the title (suggesting a duple-time dotted rhythm melody), the tune is a 9/8 time jig, also known as a slip jig, although 'hornpipe' may harken back to the 3/2 time 'triple hornpipe', an archaic tune format popular in the 17th and first half of the 18th centuries. Mackintosh tended to call his 6/8 tunes 'Reels' in their titles instead of jigs, a practice that musicologist Charles Gore notes was "shared randomly by others of his contemporaries."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Charles Gore (A Fiddler's Book of Scottish Jigs), 1997; No. 54. Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels), c. 1804; p. 24.

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