Notated Music Hog-Eyed Man [music transcription]

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Hog-Eyed Man [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.
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: A
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Title change: This tune is transcribed after "Red Fox," near the bottom of the page.
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRST (abac abad qrq's qtuv)
-  Stylistic features: Slurred and separate bowing; note how he ends first strain first time through on fifth instead of tonic.
-  Handwritten: Recorded: ABABA.--G#/G-natural is a problem, & others might mark the arrows dif. from above.
-  "Hog-Eyed Man" is a well-known fiddle tune in the older repertory of the Upper South. A nineteenth-century set in Winner's Collection of Music for the Violin, p. 75 "Hog Eye--Jigg" suggests that the song may have had some circulation on the popular stage. "Jigs" of this sort were a mid-nineteenth-century American genre in 2/4 time often associated with the minstrel stage or other popular entertainment. Modern song and fiddle versions suggest, however, that it is widespread in Southern tradition and may have gone from there to the popular stage, not the other way around.For comparison, see Bayard, Hill Country Tunes, #75 "Hog Eye an' a 'Tater"; Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, vol. 2, 360 (#250) "The Hog-eyed Man" (Clay County, Kentucky), 361 (#251) "The Jackfish" (Callaway, Virginia); Brown, The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore vol. 5, 133 (#194-D) "Old Bob Ridley" (Watauga County, North Carolina); Sandburg, American Songbag, p. 380 "Hog-Eye" ("A lusty and lustful song developed by negroes of S.C."). A hillbilly recording is by Crockett Mountaineers on "Old-Time Medley." Additional discussion and citations may be found for "The Hog-Eyed Man" in American Fiddle Tunes (Library of Congress, AFS L62).There may be an African-American connection to the song; it is certain that a sailor's shanty, with associated lyrics but a different tune, turns up in older sea shanty collections. The words to the song are typically bawdy.
manuscript; 2 pages
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 16b-17a
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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