Notated Music House Carpenter [music transcription]

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Title
House Carpenter [music transcription]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Created / Published
[Between 1966 and 1968]
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Airs
-  Ethnography
-  Sheet Music
-  Music score
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Sheet Music
Music score
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
-  Key: A
-  Compass: 9
-  Title change: This tune is transcribed after "Sweet Sunny South," midway down the page.
-  Strains: 1 (12)
-  Rendition: 1-1-1-1 (last time interrupted)
-  Phrase Structure: ABCDCD (abcdefghefgh)
-  Stylistic features: Third and fourth phrases of tune (and presumably the text) repeated.
-  Handwritten: Played 2 1/2 times thru (3rd time interrupted somewhere in middle by tape). 2nd time tr.
-  This is an old traditional ballad widely circulated in the British Isles and the United States (see Child #243 "James Harris (The Daemon Lover")). Henry Reed's tune is the preferred tune for the ballad in the Upper South, and indeed it is probably the favored melody throughout the ballad's range; see Bronson, The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads, for a full survey of variant versions. The repetition of the last two phrases, which Henry Reed reproduces here, occurs with some frequency in sung versions of the ballad. His style here is typical of the older fiddle style for playing airs, and it captures the looser rhythm of unaccompanied singing as well as some of the details of vocal ornamentation.
Medium
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 30b
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcreed.reedt061
Online Format
image

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Jabbour, Alan. House Carpenter music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000048/.

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Jabbour, A. (1966) House Carpenter music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968] [Notated Music] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000048/.

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Jabbour, Alan. House Carpenter music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000048/>.