Audio Recordings Such a Getting Upstairs
- Such a Getting Upstairs
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, October 28, 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: 8
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-2)
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Such a Gettin' Upstairs."
- - Rendition: 2-(spoken)-1-2r-1r-2r-(spoken)
- - Phrase Structure: AB QR
- - Spoken: [before tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: Did you ever play "Such a Getting Upstairs"?/HENRY REED: Huh?/ALAN JABBOUR: Did you ever play "Such a Getting Upstairs"?/HENRY REED: [Laughs]. I don't know whether I . . . . [Plays fiddle] Is that it?/ALAN JABBOUR: I think that
- - Recording chronology: 175
- - Related Tune(s): This Old Man
- - Duration: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
- - Henry Reed says he used to hear George Terry play this piece, including a low "chorus" that Henry Reed could no longer remember. "Such a Getting Upstairs" is well-documented as a Virginia tune, appearing in Knauff's Virginia Reels, vol. 4, #4 "Sich a Gittin Up Stars: Varied" and in Wilkinson, "Virginia Dance Tunes," p. 4, played by James S. Chisholm of Greenwood, Virginia. Another nineteenth-century print set is Howe's School for the Violin, p. 43. The tune seems to be akin to a tune in children's song and play-party tradition ("This Old Man").
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B23
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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