New Century (1) (The)
X: 10593 T: NEW CENTURY HORNPIPE C: %R: hornpipe, reel B: Elias Howe "The Musician's Companion" Part 1 1842 p.59 #3 S: http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Musician's_Companion_(Howe,_Elias) Z: 2015 John Chambers <jc:trillian.mit.edu> M: C| L: 1/8 K: D % - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (AG) |\ (FA)D2 D2(EF) | G2E2 E2(AG) | (FA) (GB) (Ac) (BG) | (FD) (GF) E2 (AG) | (FA)D2 D2(EF) | G2E2 E2(GA) | (BG)Bd (cA)ce | d2d2 d2 :| |: ag |\ fdfa fdfa | eceg eceg | fdfa fdfa | fdgf e2ag | fdfa fdfa | eceg eceg | edcB AGFE | D2D2 D2 :| % - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NEW CENTURY , THE. English, Scottish, American; Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune has been a popular hornpipe in New England and New York; it was listed as commonly played for Orange County, New York, country dances in the 1930's (Lettie Osborn, New York Folklore Quarterly). Under the title "Crooked S (The)" the tune was in the repertoire of Champion, central New York State fiddler Winifred "Murph" Baker. White's Unique Collection (an Elias Howe company publication) identifies the 'new century' as the 20th century, however this is erroneous as the tune much predates that time period. The provenance of the hornpipe is yet to be determned. Jack Campin, for example, has found it in the flute manuscript of J. Crichton Donaldson, compiled between 1853 and 1855 (National Library of Scotland MS.22170), but it appears still earlier in the 1825 music manuscript collection of fifer Ebenezer Bevens, of Middletown, Connecticut.
A tune by this name (probably this one) was recorded in the 78 RPM era by fiddler John Baltzell (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) for Edison, but was unissued. New Century Hornpipe is also the name of a contra dance, with instructions printed as early as 1803 in H. Mann's The Ladies and Gentlemen's Companion (Newtown, Conn.), and Saltator's A Treatise on Dancing (1802, Boston, Mass.). Francis O'Neill printed a different hornpipe by the same name (see "New Century (2) (The)"), part of Irish repertory.