Notated Music Natchez [Christmas Morning] [music transcription]

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Natchez [Christmas Morning] [music transcription]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Created / Published
[Between 1966 and 1968]
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Sheet Music
-  Music score
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Sheet Music
Music score
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
-  Key: A
-  Title change: The title appears on the transcription as "Natchez." It is transcribed after "Unnamed," near the bottom of the page.
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-4)
-  Rendition: (1)-2-1r-2-1r-2-1r-2-1r-2
-  Phrase Structure: AB QR (abac qrst qrsc)
-  Compass: 15 (or 11 plus low A drone on G-string)
-  Related Tune(s): Brown's Dream
-  Related Tune(s): Paddy on the Turnpike
-  Handwritten: Played thru 5 times (minus 1st str of 1st time). Other var. (in bowing) not noted below.
-  This is not the usual "Natchez" (for which see AFS 13705a35), but another tune. The title became attached to the present tune by accident as Henry Reed continued to try to recollect the tune he usually called "Natchez." It is a tune in A with a consistently minorish cast that appears in sets widely but thinly distributed across the Upper South. There is no consistency to its title, and its low strain is variable and has something of the character of filler. An apparent nineteenth-century example is Coes, George H. Coes' Album of Music, p. 3 "Watermelon Jig." Twentieth-century examples are Morris, Old Time Violin Melodies #40 "The Lonesome Road"; Thede, The Fiddle Book, p. 76 "Dust in the Lane, or Cotton Pickin' Time"; and "Shelvin' Rock," a 1960s recording fiddled by French Carpenter on the LP record Old-Time Music from Clay County, West Virginia (Folk Promotions 11567-11568). Burl and Sherman Hammons of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, played a version that they called "Christmas Morning." Henry Reed, in searching for the title, once remarked that it might have been something about "Brown's Dream"; that is one of the names of another tune from the Upper South, represented in this collection under the title "Paddy on the Turnpike."
manuscript; 2 pages
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 27b-28a
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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