The hornpipe is found in the folk music of England, Scotland and Ireland and has a traditional association with sailors in that dancing was used on long sea journeys to encourage fitness. Hornpipes are usually associated with other hornpipes in a performance context in what is described as a dance set. Most folk music is played from memory and both memory and ensemble playing should be encouraged in any performance situation. The realisation plays at 132 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute and the hornpipe is in AB (Binary) form. The music needs to be played with a triplet feel as demonstrated in the realisation. The repeats are not played and there is no ornamentation of the melodic line in this two part version. The playback sounds are of a marimba but there may be other instrument options available to the percussionists to try. Understand that folk music scores are generally presented with minimal score detail. The playing of ornaments whilst relevant in repetitive music of this kind requires a special study and is governed by the instrument being played, the music tradition being represented and sometimes geography/locality. A study of ornamentation in folk music the music editor suggests is not for the faint hearted! There are also examples of hornpipes in baroque music including Handel’s Water Music.
Three accompaniments are available, with repeats, with the violoncello playing the bass line at tempi of (1) 110 (2) 120 and (3) 132 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute. There is two bar click track introduction before the music starts to play.