Audio Recordings Birdie
Jabbour, Karen Singer
White, Smith & Co.
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- White, Smith & Co. (Composer)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, June 18, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Ragtime music
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Key: C
- - Compass: 11
- - Strains: 3 (high-low-higher, 8-4-8)
- - Rendition: 1r-2-3-2-1-2-3
- - Phrase Structure: ABACABDE QRQE' TUVWTUVX (aa'bc aa'de aa'bc fghi qqh'h' qqh'i' rr'st uvwx rr'st uvyy')
- - Stylistic features: Separate bowstrokes, especially in second strain.
- - Related Tune(s): Fourteen Days in Georgia
- - Composed by White, Smith, and Perry, 1870
- - "Birdie" is a rag-like country tune well-known in West Virginia. But Henry Reed's three-strain version of it seems to have come about from conflating the customary strains of "Birdie" (appearing here as the third and second strains, in that order) with another tune sometimes called "Fourteen Days in Georgia" (here the first strain). The unusual phrase structure as well as the key of C signal connections to the amorphous but characteristic class of tunes here described as "rags." They seem to be of late nineteenth-century or turn-of-the-century origin and presumably have African-American associations, but they are not all derived from the ragtime repertory of popular music at the turn of the century, and they perhaps provide a glimpse into the country rags of folk tradition which may have preceded and certainly coexisted with the ragtime genre in cosmopolitan popular music.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: What do you call that again?/HENRY REED: "Birdie."
- - Recording chronology: 004
- - Duration: 1 minute, 43 seconds
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13034B32
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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