Audio Recordings British Field March
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- British Field March
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Marches
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Key: A
- - Rendition: 1-2-1r-2-1r-2
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abac abde qrse qrde)
- - Compass: 11
- - Stylistic features: Slurred bowing, somewhat slower pace; lots of use of fourth finger.
- - This and the following tune ("Santa Anna's Retreat," AFS 13035a33) are both marches that Henry Reed learned from Quince Dillion, an elderly fiddler and fife player from whom Henry Reed acquired many tunes as a boy. These two were specifically identified as fife tunes, and a trill at one juncture--not a normal feature of Henry Reed's fiddling--must be an echo of the fife original. In calling this piece "British Field March," he said that it was the march used by the British to retreat in the Battle of New Orleans, where Andrew Jackson and his American forces routed the British contingent. The tune is in fact an old British air that crops up in various forms, particularly from Irish sources; for instrumental sets, see for example Petrie, The Complete Collection of Irish Music, #397 "Take Her Out and Air Her"; O'Neill's Music of Ireland #1388 "Touch Me If You Dare--2nd Setting" and #1593 "Kit O'Mahony's Hornpipe"; Joyce, Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909) #42 "Miss Redmond's Hornpipe"; "Manuscript Collection of Dance Tunes [ca. 1775-1800]" (Newberry Library, Chicago), p. 63 "Lovely Molly"; Ford, Traditional Music of America p. 43 "Gilderoy."
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Spoken: HENRY REED: Do you want that march?/ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah, I'd sure . . . .
- - Recording chronology: 043
- - Duration: 1 minute, 37 seconds
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035A32
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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