Tune of the Day: Parisot's Hornpipe
The first appearance of this hornpipe in print was under the title “Madam Parrisot's Hornpipe” in Robert Petrie's Third Collection of Strathspey Reels, published in Edinburgh in 1802. Parisot was a famous stage dancer and opera singer of the late 18th and early 19th century. Although she was technically “Mademoselle Parisot”, as she did not marry until the very end of her career, she was frequently referred to as “Madam Parisot”. William Makepeace Thackeray notably mentions her in the first chapter of his famous novel Vanity Fair.