Prince of Cobourg's Hornpipe

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PRINCE OF COBOURG’S HORNPIPE. AKA - "Prince of Cabourg's Hornpipe." AKA and see "Waterloo Hornpipe (2)." English, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABA. Lincolnshire musician Joshua Gibbons originally set the tune in the key of ‘C’ major in his ms. The title probably refers to the husband of Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales [1] (1796-1817), the only child of George, Prince of Wales (later King George IV), who married, in 1816, Leopold George Fredrick [2] (1790-1865), Duke of Saxe, Margrave of Meisen, Landgrave of Thuringen, and Prince of Cobourg of Saalfeld, later Leopold I of Belgium. The marriage lasted a year and a half, ending with the death of Princess Charlotte after giving birth to a still-born child.

Source for notated version: the 1823-26 music mss of papermaker and musician Joshua Gibbons (1778-1871, of Tealby, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire Wolds) [Sumner].

Printed sources: Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 22. Sumner (Lincolnshire Collections, vol. 1: The Joshua Gibbons Manuscript), 1997; p. 60.

Recorded sources: PUG CD 004, Brian Peters – “Lines.” The Demon Barbers - "Disco at the Tavern" (2015).




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