Notated Music Cabin Creek [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
Cabin Creek [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: G
-  Compass: 9
-  Strains: 3 (high-middle-low, 2-2-2)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-3r-1r-2r-3r-1r-2r-3r-1r-2r-3r-tag
-  Phrase Structure: AB QR UV (abcd qrq's uvus)
-  Handwritten: Played thru 4 times. 2nd time transcribed. Note hexatonic scale (-4). 1st 2 notes missed 1st time. Ending untranscribed.
-  Cabin Creek, from which this three-part tune takes its name, is a creek that flows into the Kanawha River above Charleston, West Virginia. It was the site of a famous strike in the annals of West Virginia coal, but this tune may evoke the creek generally rather than the battles fought there. It is of that variety of tune, popular in West Virginia, which begins at the top of the tune's compass and cascades downward by degrees--like a creek, one might think. Another name for this tune is "Barlow Knife," and it is often played under that title as a banjo piece with some associated lyrics. Henry Reed said he learned this tune from Mr. Underwood, who had moved from Franklin County to Monroe County, and described it as an old Franklin County piece.
manuscript; 1 page
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 18a
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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