None so Pretty (2)

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X:1 T:None so Pretty [2] M:C L:1/8 R:March or Hornpipe S:Thomas Nixon Jr./Joseph Long copybook (c. 1776-78) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D DEFG A2A2|d2 dd c2A2|B2 GB A2 FA|G2 EG F2D2| DEFG A2A2|d2 dd c2A2|ABcd efge|f2d2 d4:| |:a2 af g2 ge|f2 fd e2A2|ABcd e2e2|ABcd e4| a2 af g2 ge|f2 fd e2A2|ABcd efge|f2 d2 d4:|]



NONE SO PRETTY [2]. AKA and see "Staten Island Hornpipe." American, March or Hornpipe (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The march was also entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. [1] (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession. The melody was also entered into the c, 1825 music copybook of fifer Ebenezer Bevens of Middletown, Connecticut.

The tune is quite close to "Staten Island Hornpipe," albeit with out the distinctive "toot toot" of the natural 'c' notes in the second strain. However, the relationship between the two is unknown at this time.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Hulbert (Complete Fifer's Museum), Northampton, MA, 1807 & 1811; p. 21 (2nd tune). Steele (The New and Complete Preceptor for the Fife), Albany, 1815; p. 24.






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