Notated Music [West Virginia Gals] [music transcription]
- [West Virginia Gals] [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
- Sheet Music
- Music score
- - Title change: The title appears on the transcription as "Unnamed."
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Compass: 15
- - Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
- - Key: A
- - Rendition: tag-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-tag
- - Phrase Structure: AAAB QRQ'B' (abab abcd qrst qr'c'd')
- - Stylistic features: Lively tempo, slurs in bowing. On the third time through, second strain, his bow catches on the fiddle instead of the G-string, causing a momentary blank space. He complained about this later. Someone picks up a guitar and trying it out in the background.
- - Handwritten: card: If You Want to Go A-courting. Played thru 3 times w. minor variations in notes and slurring.--1st time transcribed.
- - The tune appears to be an instrumental version of a song known in older Appalachian tradition (see Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, vol. 2, 6, #75-A, "If You Want to Go A-Courting") and recorded on early hillbilly records. Though Henry Reed gave the tune no title, the Hollow Rock String Band recorded it as "West Virginia Gals" (Rounder 0024), the title which is adopted here. The song typically repeats the final phrase, making a five-phrase tune. The high strain of the fiddle tune corresponds to the song, though it eliminates the repeated fourth phrase, and the low strain is a kind of arpeggiated filler.
- manuscript; 1 page
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: Notebook 2:43
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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