3:2 Hornpipes

3:2 Hornpipes

What is the earliest recorded date for a published 3:2 or 6:4 hornpipe tune ?

Re: 3:2 Hornpipes

I don’t know the definitive answer to the question but (as you might already know) William Byrd (c.1540-1623) composed a keyboard work entitled ‘hornpipe’ https://youtu.be/5_qNqJC1nMk . Presumably, it was a term that was already familiar to his audience. Interestingly, the meter switches from 3/2 to 6/4 at 2:55 - yet the term ‘hornpipe’ was apparently deemed sufficient to cover the whole piece.

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Also Pete Stewart’s paper entitled "The Triple Time Hornpipe from 1550 to 1800" and if you Google "Pete Stewart 3/2 hornpipes" it will take you down that rabbit hole of early English piping music.

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Thanks for the links folks