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Kiss Waltz
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 1967
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: 14
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 27 seconds
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]
-  Key: G/C
-  Strains: 3 (low-high-middle, 4-4-4)
-  Rendition: (1)-2-1-2-1-3-2-tag
-  Phrase Structure: ABAB' QRQS (UVWX?)
-  Recording chronology: 136
-  Related Tune(s): Rainbow Schottische
-  Related Tune(s): Right Foot Left Foot
-  Related Tune(s): Arizona's Pioneer Schottische
-  Related Tune(s): Crystal Schottische
-  Related Tune(s): Two-Step Schottische
-  "Kiss Waltz" is not a waltz at all, but a schottische that modulates from key to key between its strains. Henry Reed played it twice, once beginning in G (here) and once beginning in D (AFS 13705b26). The second performance, beginning in the key of D and reaching up to the high D on the E-string, seems to be more definitive, for it permits adding a fourth strain, which could not be played in a set beginning in G. He remembers some parts of the tune more clearly than others, so these musical ventures become (among other things) opportunities to glimpse his imagination at work.The tune--or at least its high strain--can be found in published collections. See "Rainbow Schottische," Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 156; "Right Foot Left Foot," Morris, Old Time Violin Melodies, #14; "Arizona's Pioneer Schottische," Ruth, Pioneer Western Folk Tunes, p. 45. The third strain appears to be an insertion of another schottische, usually known as "Crystal Schottische"; an example appears in American Fiddle Tunes (Library of Congress, AFS L62), "Two-Step Schottische [Crystal Schottische]."
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A41
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Kiss Waltz. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000205/.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1967) Kiss Waltz. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000205/.

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Kiss Waltz. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000205/>.