Format Notated Music
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Breakdowns
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Notated Music
Reels
Sheet Music
Title
Ducks in the Pond [music transcription]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Created / Published
[Between 1966 and 1968]
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Sheet Music
-  Music score
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Sheet Music
Music score
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
-  Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
-  Compass: 15 (11 plus low A)
-  Key: A
-  Rendition: tag-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-tag
-  Phrase Structure: ABA'C QRQ'C (abcd ab'ef qbrr qb'ef)
-  Stylistic features: Lively pace, slurs predominate in bowing. On a couple of occasions, he begins the second strain with the low first-finger E, not the even lower drone A. Note the failure to use the open G and D strings; he probably either learned this tune with the fiddle
-  Related Tune(s): Lady of the Lake
-  Handwritten: Played thru 3 times; 2nd transcribed.
-  This tune seems to be a variant of "Lady of the Lake," which is also a name used for a dance. Note the possible connection of "lake/pond" in the two titles. "Lady of the Lake" appears in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839), vol. 3, #7, which seems to situate it firmly in early nineteenth-century Virginia tradition, and Winston Wilkinson recorded a version before 1936 from J. H. Chisholm of Greenwood, Virginia (see Wilkinson, "Virginia Dance Tunes," p. 10). Both these versions begin with the low strain, but Henry Reed's set recasts the tune with the high strain first, reflecting the widespread taste in the Appalachian South for instrumental tunes that begin with the high strain.
Medium
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 2:44
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.reedt002


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