Notated Music Betsy [music transcription]
- Betsy [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
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
- - Key: A
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Compass: 10
- - Title change: The title appears on the transcription as "Betsy...."
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1(pause)-1r-2r-1r-2
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abcd abef qrst qref)
- - Related Tune(s): Frosty Morning
- - Handwritten: Played in 2 batches, strains as follows: ABBA, ABBAAB. Or rather, that's all the tape caught. The first ABBA are re-arranged as AABB above. He said, "They used to play that for 'em to square dance." He couldn't recall the full title, but it was something
- - Henry Reed played this tune on three occasions, suggesting that it occupied an important place in his repertory, and his comments suggested that it was a good dance tune. But no variant of it has been identified. It is one of a number of tunes unique to Henry Reed's repertory that are in A and have melodies with a distinctly minor cast, using a scale with lowered third (C) and seventh (G) degrees. The high strain, oscillating between a phrase centered on A and another centered on G, has a flow and phrasing somewhat similar to the high strain of Henry Reed's "Frosty Morning." In this performance, he introduced a major alteration to the high strain, leaping to a high C-sharp instead of B on the E-string.
- manuscript; 1 page
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 29
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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