Notated Music Betsy [music transcription]

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Betsy [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
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Compass: 10
-  Title change: The title appears on the transcription as "Betsy...."
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1(pause)-1r-2r-1r-2
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abcd abef qrst qref)
-  Related Tune(s): Frosty Morning
-  Handwritten: Played in 2 batches, strains as follows: ABBA, ABBAAB. Or rather, that's all the tape caught. The first ABBA are re-arranged as AABB above. He said, "They used to play that for 'em to square dance." He couldn't recall the full title, but it was something
-  Henry Reed played this tune on three occasions, suggesting that it occupied an important place in his repertory, and his comments suggested that it was a good dance tune. But no variant of it has been identified. It is one of a number of tunes unique to Henry Reed's repertory that are in A and have melodies with a distinctly minor cast, using a scale with lowered third (C) and seventh (G) degrees. The high strain, oscillating between a phrase centered on A and another centered on G, has a flow and phrasing somewhat similar to the high strain of Henry Reed's "Frosty Morning." In this performance, he introduced a major alteration to the high strain, leaping to a high C-sharp instead of B on the E-string.
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 29
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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