Notated Music Pop Goes the Weasel [music transcription]
About this Item
- Pop Goes the Weasel [music transcription]
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Created / Published
- [Between 1966 and 1968]
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Jigs
- - Ethnography
- - Sheet Music
- - Music score
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Sheet Music
- Music score
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
- - Compass: 12
- - Key: G
- - Meter: 6/8
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1
- - Title change: A transcription of Ed Hall's rendition of "Cumberland Gap" appears at the bottom of page.
- - Phrase Structure: AA'BC QQ'BC (aba'b' cdef qrqr' cdef)
- - Stylistic features: Noticeable tendency toward 2/4. If Henry Reed has a normal jig speed and style, this is perhaps it. Note that he appears to begin on high strain.
- - Handwritten: Not played fully thru on tape: begins in middle of 2nd str., 1st time, then 1st time str. twice, again 2nd str. without repeat. Occ. tendency toward duplet rhythm even where not indicated above.
- - "Pop Goes the Weasel" is widely distributed in the English-speaking world and has especially broad popularity in America, probably because it sustains itself as a song for children--often, actually, for adults to sing or play for the entertainment of children. It also has been used for dancing, though not necessarily for jigs, despite its 6/8 meter. Typical sets are Sharp, Country Dance Tunes, vol. 1, pp. 10-11; Linscott, Folk Songs of Old New England, p. 108; Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 3, p. 368; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 40; Winner's Collection of Music for the Violin, p. 79; One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 24 (with dance directions); Ruth, Pioneer Western Folk Tunes, p. 3 (with left-hand picking directions).On the fiddle, it is a perennial favorite with a special feature: the "pop" is played by picking the E-string with the left hand. Henry Reed's version is in G, which is customary and indeed required to make the "pop" come out on the open E-string; but in his version the "pop" is actually "pop goes"--that is, it is two picked strings, the open E-string followed by the open A-string.
- manuscript; 1 page
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 2a
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Jabbour, Alan. Pop Goes the Weasel music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000015/.
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