Audio Recordings Fisher's Hornpipe [on harmonica]
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Fisher's Hornpipe [on harmonica]
- 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
- - Hornpipes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Harmonica music
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Key: C
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Rendition: 1r-2
- - Compass: 14
- - Performed by Henry Reed, harmonica.
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Fisher's Hornpipe."
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRST (abb'c abde qrq's tuvw)
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: "Fisher's Hornpipe."/HENRY REED: That's hard to play on the harp, you know?/ALAN JABBOUR: I [know].
- - Recording chronology: 144
- - Duration: 38 seconds
- - The hornpipe seems to have developed in the later eighteenth century as a solo fancy dance, with the dancer typically accompanied by a 4/4 tune played on the newly democratized violin at a somewhat slower tempo than a reel. (The hornpipe of earlier British tradition in 3/2 time is a different genre with the same name.) One of the earliest and most widely circulated of all modern hornpipe tunes is "Fisher's Hornpipe." Its name is sometimes taken as a tribute to fishermen as an occupational group, but in fact it is the name of the original composer; the tune first appears in J. Fishar's Sixteen Cotillons, Twelve Allemands and Twelve Hornpipes (London, ca. 1780), p. 48. Fishar was, as the title page explains, "Principal Dancer and Ballet Master at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden."By the beginning of the nineteenth century the tune was already appearing in manuscript tunebooks from America, and it has appeared in countless published tunebooks since then, often set in the key of F. American Fiddle Tunes (Library of Congress, AFS L62) contains further discussion and citations. Henry Reed's sets illustrate nicely the two keys in which traditional sets are usually played--either in G (AFS 13033b07) or in D (AFS 13037a03). A comparison of the two illustrates how a tune varies to fit the range and fingering patterns dictated by the key. This version, played on a C-harmonica, is something of a harmonica tour de force.
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A49
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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