Audio Recording [Rochester Schottische]

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[Rochester Schottische]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Rulison, W. H. (Composer)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Strathspeys
-  Schottisches
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 12
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Key: D/A
-  Rendition: 1-2-1-2-1
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQS (aa'bc aa'de qrss' qrtu)
-  Composed by W. H. Rulison
-  Henry Reed gave no name for this schottische, but it is one of the best-known American schottisches, with circulation in both North and South. It was composed by W. H. Rulison and published in the 1850s. Rulison was apparently a music master from upstate New York, for in one sheet music edition he dedicates the piece to his students in Buffalo and Rochester. For other nineteenth-century printed sets, see Winner's Excelsior Collection, p. 23; Winner's Dance Music, p. 52; Howe, Leviathan Collection, p. 108. Modern sets sometimes preserve the title "Rochester Schottische," but just as often they offer new titles; see, for example, Adam, Old Time Fiddlers' Favorite Barn Dance Tunes, #61 "Hi-Lo Schottische"; Bayard, Hill Country Tunes, #39 "What the Devil Ails You"; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 160; Ruth, Pioneer Western Folk Tunes, p. 11 "Blue Bird Schottische."Henry Reed's performance is interesting for its regular inclusion of a grace-like thirty-second note figure, and for its use of slurs connecting the second and third and the fourth and first notes in each group of four sixteenths.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed schottische."
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's it.
-  Recording chronology: 057
-  Duration: 58 seconds
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B01
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, W. H Rulison, and Henry Reed. Rochester Schottische. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Rulison, W. H. & Reed, H. (1966) Rochester Schottische. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jabbour, Alan, et al. Rochester Schottische. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.