Country dance of British Isles, often in a lively triple meter; optional dance movement of solo and orchestral Baroque suite; a type of duple meter hornpipe remains popular in Irish traditional dance music.
The hornpipe was originally danced exclusively by males in hard shoes, but now, both men and women compete. The hornpipe is in 4/4 time, reminiscent of a slow reel with accents on the first and third beat (ONE-and-a two-and-a three-and-a four-and-a). The apparent slowness of the music, allows for many intricate dance elements in a short amount of time. A notable feature is the frequent use of a rocking motion with the ankles.
a small musical instrument that has a mouthpiece with a reed (like a clarinet or chanter) and a wooden barrel with holes like a recorder, and an animal horn as the sound bell opening at the end of the barrel
The hornpipe is a British woodwind instrument incorporating animal horn around the reed, at the sounding end, or both. It is a single-reed instrument, in some cases played with the mouth and in others with a bag.