Notated Music Shoo Fly [music transcription]
About this Item
- Shoo Fly [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
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
- - Compass: 13
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Title change: This tune is transcribed after "Jump Jim Crow" on the page.
- - Rendition: 1-2r-1r-2r-1r
- - Phrase Structure: ABCD QRQS
- - Stylistic features: Fast tempo, simple noting (lots of eighth notes), syncopation.
- - Related Tune(s): Ladies Won't You Marry
- - Handwritten: Recorded: abbaabba
- - "Shoo Fly" is the tune associated with the "Shoo fly don't bother me" lyrics. It has the feel of a lively dance tune in the melodic style of the later nineteenth century. One hallmark of the style is the implied chord shift from tonic to dominant at the end of the first phrase, remaining in the dominant till the cadence at the end of the second phrase. For instrumental sets of the tune, see Person, A Collection of Popular Airs (1889), p. 9; White's Excelsior Collection, p. 71. Another tune in this collection with a tantalizing resemblance to "Shoo Fly" is "Ladies Won't You Marry" (AFS 13705a54), which Henry Reed played on harmonica.
- manuscript; 1 page
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 15b
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Jabbour, Alan. Shoo Fly music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000061/.
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Jabbour, A. (1966) Shoo Fly music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968] [Notated Music] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000061/.
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Jabbour, Alan. Shoo Fly music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000061/>.