Notated Music [Breakdown in A/Frosty Morning] [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
Guitar Music
Instrumental Music
Notated Music
Sheet Music
[Breakdown in A/Frosty Morning] [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
-  Guitar music
-  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
-  Related Tune(s): Frosty Morning
-  Title change: The title appears on the transcription as "Unnamed Frag." It is transcribed after "Sweet Sunny South" and "House Carpenter," near the bottom of the page.
-  Strains: 3 (medley of two pieces)
-  Rendition: low strain of "Breakdown in A," then low and high strain of "Frosty Morning"
-  Phrase Structure: ABCD (abcd a'efg)--ABAC QRST (abcd abef qrst uvef)
-  Compass: 9 + 15
-  Handwritten: Continues w. "Frosty Morning." Acc. by Watha on guitar.
-  This performance combines a strain of an unnamed breakdown in A with "Frosty Morning," which is performed elsewhere in this collection. Henry Reed said that this tune came from East Virginia. Alan Jabbour began playing the initial low strain heard here with the high strain of Henry Reed's tune "Betsy," so that combination of strains by now has a life of its own in the old-time music revival. What Henry Reed actually would have used as a high strain is not knowable.
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 30c
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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