Audio Recordings Soldier's Joy

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Soldier's Joy
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 12
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 11 seconds
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1-tag
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (aba'c a'bde qrqs qrde)
-  Stylistic features: Slurred bowing pairs in second strain. Sounds fast and lively, as if designed for dancing. Henry Reed may have played the low strain up an octave on another occasion.
-  Recording chronology: 106
-  "Soldier's Joy" is one of the oldest and most widely distributed tunes in the English-speaking world. The earliest printings of the tune are in the later eighteenth century, and its appearance in manuscript tunebooks such as "Henry Beck's Flute Book [1786]" shows that it was already in circulation before 1800 on both sides of the Atlantic. Nineteenth-century printed sets abound, as do twentieth-century printed and recorded versions. See the extensive comparative citations in Bayard, Hill Country Tunes, #11 "The King's Head," and for the title "French Four" in American Fiddle Tunes (Library of Congress, AFS L62).Some American sets seem to have an arpeggiated first strain, while others are more scalar or linear in their melodic style. Henry Reed's set is of the arpeggiated variety. He played it at a fast and lively pace and described it as a good tune for dancing. Some fiddlers add a third strain by recasting the low strain in the upper octave. This set by Henry Reed lacks that feature, but he may have added it on another occasion when he was not being recorded.
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B06
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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