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hornpipe,

English folk dance known since the 16th cent., when it obtained its name from the wind instrument that accompanied it. The hornpipes of the 17th and 18th cent. have moderate 3–2 time and 4–4 time. As a solo dance it was popular with sailors, who performed it with folded arms and numerous gestures and steps. The hornpipe appears in the works of Purcell and Handel.

hornpipe

1. an obsolete reed instrument with a mouthpiece made of horn
2. an old British solo dance to a hornpipe accompaniment, traditionally performed by sailors
3. a piece of music for such a dance
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A fairly standard, but undotted, version of the hornpipe now generally known as 'Nawie on the Line'.
Hill, of Scotland, was an exponent of the hornpipe style pioneered in the region and his work was recognised internationally.
Plans have just been revealed for massive nationwide celebrations in 2005 of Britain's maritimeglories, culminating in a shindig packed to the gun whales with shanty singers and hornpipe jigging mate lots galore to mark 200 years since the Battle of Trafalgar.
The Vicar of Dibley's James Fleet, for one, was more uncomfortable than his audience when he began singing a hornpipe.
Twenty boy ballet dancers in white naval uniforms, from the Royal Ballet School, danced the hornpipe.
Despite a recently broken hip, Eagan hoofed through an "Anchors Aweigh" and "Sailors' Hornpipe" duet (with Dorothy Stekeur, 80) that ended in a snappy salute and brought the audience to its feet.
With audience participation and magical digital animation effects, the swashbuckling programme includes The Storm from William Tell, The Thunder and Lightning Polka, En Bateau, The Sabre Dance, Pirates of the Caribbean Medley, Jamaican Rumba and The Sailor's Hornpipe.
So, too, do several hornpipes from Cole's One Thousand Fiddle Tunes (a popular and influential 1940s reprint of Ryan's Mammoth Collection of 1882), such as 'Queen of the West', and the spritely 'Sally Growler' and 'Golden Star Hornpipe'.
Then, accompanied by the band and conducted by the band's musical director, Tony Jaeger, they sang a number of songs which included the Hornpipe, a medley of Sea Shanties, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory.
The Victoria Square showcase featured a traditional demonstration of the hornpipe and club swinging by a team from the physical training unit at HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth.
Liverpool's Last Night Of The Proms has the requisite staples: Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land Of Hope And Glory, accompanied by much flag fluttering - and a well-timed duck quack from a box during the Hornpipe.
Losing run is dragging on a bit, and he's taking on three last time out winners - it's a competitive race It wasn't that long ago that Hornpipe was being looked on as a serious prospect for some of the better sprint handicaps and his fall fromgrace has been dramatic, resulting in an almost insulting handicap mark.