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  • Anselm Lingnau

    Anselm Lingnau May 26, 2006, 2:05 p.m. (Message 45388)

    Re: Reels and Hornpipes

    Alan Paterson wrote:
    > Is there a scientific method of identifying a Hornpipe?
    No. There is a widespread misconception that hornpipe phrases always end with 
    a pom-pom-pom but it turns out that there are lots of hornpipes that don't as 
    well als non-hornpipes that do.
    >From an RSCDS-style dancer's point of view the difference between reels and 
    hornpipes is about as important as the number of angels that can dance on the 
    point of a pin, as the steps and tempo are 100% identical. For an RSCDS-style 
    musician, the matter becomes somewhat more important, as when making up sets 
    of tunes you usually want to combine hornpipes with other hornpipes, but one 
    can usually go by the titles or by gut feeling (I know I do).
    Then again, there's the dance, Kendall's Hornpipe, which is a jig.
    Anselm Lingnau, Frankfurt, Germany .....................
    Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
                                                              -- Soren Kierkegaard

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