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RHINE HORNPIPE. AKA – "Globe Hornpipe." American (?), Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was printed by Providence, Rhode Island, musician, music teacher and music shop proprietor George Saunders, in his influential Instructor for the Violin (1847). The title may have been included due to the increasing numbers of German immigrants to the United States at the time. The "Rhine Hornpipe" appears on a page of hornpipes in the music manuscript copybook of Allen B. Wison, Solon, Maine, dated Thur. July 4, 1872 (p. 42). Mention of the tune being played in an "old fiddler's contest" was made in the Greencastle Herald, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, 27 November, 1912, when Oscar Clark of Stilesville played it and "Marching through Georgia," and won a cash prize of one dollar. Ralph Page used the tune for a contra dance, calling it an "old, old tune" in his Northern Junket.
Source for notated version:
Howe (Musician's Omnibus, No. 3), 1863; p. 244.
Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 62.
Ralph Page, Northern Junket, vol. 13, no. 11 (1981); p. 27 (accompanies dance April's Hornpipe).
Saunders (New and Scientific Self-Instructing School for the Violin), Boston, 1847; No. 69, p. 38.