GOSS9@telefonica.net May 26, 2006, 3:27 p.m. (Message 45394)
Re: Reels and Hornpipes
No, No I don´t have a different opinion on your point. However, I do disagree with your criteria for reaching the same conclusion as mine. "... if you have access to tune books, study them ..." Studyint tune books for stats is as about as logical as explaining why there so many Christian denominations claiming the same text as their authority. Most modern tune books seem to have started with an idea, and then fit the tunes into the idea, instead of the other way around. If you compare those same tunes to those attached to the sources of our contry dances, you might well come to different conclusions. I agree that "if the title says ´hornpipe´it is probably one, but the implied corolary is far from helpful in that if the title does not say hornpipe it is probably not. Here is a throw away definition I just came up with, suggest musical types try it out and come up with some exceptions. I have all of Playford in my computer, and can program it to play an entire book all the way through. I have just done this to one of them, and simply written down, which items were what on a code of s (song tune), r j hp, sj (slip jigs). Here is the definiton that fits my my responses. If the tune is in duple time and can be stretched to a jig, it is a hornpipe.