Notated Music [Witch of the Wave Reel] [music transcription]

Format Notated Music
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Notated Music
Sheet Music
[Witch of the Wave Reel] [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
-  Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: G
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-2)
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QC' (abac abde dqde')
-  Stylistic features: Henry Reed was trying to play the full version of the second tune into which he had verged in his previous performance (Breakdown in G, AFS 13033b25), but instead plays yet another tune.
-  Related Tune(s): New York Reel
-  Related Tune(s): Western Gem Reel
-  Related Tune(s): St. Botolph's Hornpipe
-  Related Tune(s): Buckley's Fancy
-  Related Tune(s): Comely Jane Downing
-  Related Tune(s): The Lakeside Road
-  Handwritten: Played once thru plus the 1st str. unrepeated. Slight tendency toward triplet rhythm, esp. in 2nd str.
-  Henry Reed gave this tune no name. Its first strain appears often, under various names, in the nineteenth-century tunebook tradition. One such set, "Witch of the Wave Reel," is in One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 3; for similar tunes, compare "New York Reel," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 38; "Western Gem Reel," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 49; "St. Botolph's Hornpipe," One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 99; "Buckley's Fancy," O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1211; "Comely Jane Downing," O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1461; "The Lakeside Road," O'Neill's Music of Ireland, #1699.The Hollow Rock String Band, having learned this tune from Henry Reed, noticed its similarity to "Witch of the Wave Reel" and began calling it that. The tune is now occasionally played by other fiddlers using that title, and the title is adopted here as a way of distinguishing it from other unnamed tunes in G.The second strain in Henry Reed's performance does not reflect any of the print sets. It is a kind of filler or extender, only half as long as the first strain, which is made up of musical elements of the last phrase of the first strain.
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 2:69
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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