Audio Recordings John Brown's a-Hanging on a Sour Apple Tree
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- John Brown's a-Hanging on a Sour Apple Tree
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 1967
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Airs
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Compass: 9
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Rendition: 1-2-1
- - Duration: 40 seconds
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "John Brown's a-Hangin' on a Sour Apple Tree."
- - Strains: 2 (middle-middle, 4-4)
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC A'B'A'C (abcd abef a'b'c'd' abef)
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]/HENRY REED: You know that, don't you?/ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah, I don't know what you call it, though./HENRY REED: "John Brown's a-Hanging on a Sour Apple Tree" is what we always called it. What do you call it?/ALAN JABBOUR: That's it.
- - Recording chronology: 158
- - Henry Reed's air is evidence of the folksongs in circulation about John Brown that became the basis for Julia Ward Howe's patriotic hymn "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." His version implies a verse and refrain using essentially the same melodic material, as is the case with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B06
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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