Tecumsch Hornpipe

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TECUMSCH HORNPIPE. American, Hornpipe (whole time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was composed by American fiddler-composer George W. Allen, and appears in his late 19th century music manuscript collection of original tunes. The hornpipe is well-crafted. Unfortunately nothing is known of Allen, where he lived and where he was from. His manuscript can be generally dated from some of the tune names (the Elevated train is mentioned), which probably places him in New York, Boston or Chicago. There are other place names that put New York as a likely place of abode. He also seems to have been a fiddler, judging by some of the phrasing and the spare slurs. "Tecumsch" may be a person's name or a street/place name, or a misspelling of the Native-American name Tecumseh (although the 'c' is very clear in Allen's handwritten title).

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