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Notated Music George Booker [music transcription]

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  • George Booker [music transcription]


  • Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)

Created / Published

  • [Between 1966 and 1968]


  • -  Instrumental music
  • -  Fiddle tunes
  • -  Folk music--Appalachian Region
  • -  Strathspeys
  • -  Breakdowns
  • -  Reels
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Sheet Music
  • -  Music score
  • -  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn


  • Ethnography
  • Sheet Music
  • Music score


  • -  Meter: 4/4
  • -  Compass: 15
  • -  Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
  • -  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2
  • -  Key: A
  • -  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
  • -  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abac abdc' qrst qrdc')
  • -  Stylistic features: Circular tune (each strain ends on note other than tonic).
  • -  Handwritten: Played thru 1 3/4 times (i.e., 2nd strain not repeated 2nd time). Occ. tendency toward triplet rhythm on 16ths. A few of the variations: *uneven, bowing?
  • -  This tune began life, so far as can be told, as a Scottish strathspey entitled "The Marquis of Huntly's Farewell," the title it was given in William Marshall's Collection of Strathspey Reels (ca. 1781). By the early nineteenth century it already had taken hold in rural Virginia, now named "George Booker" in honor of a Virginia Revolutionary War leader; a set under that name appears in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839). The tune in that set, as in Henry Reed's, retains the melodic structure and circular form of the Scottish sets. Henry Reed's performance is also notable for the inclusion of sixteenth-note triplets and thirty-second notes, a feature of left-hand technique on the fiddle that is often associated with British fiddling but here appears to have a toehold in Virginia as well."George Booker" has an interesting history on the old frontier of the Upper South, having been recast as "Camp Chase" to celebrate the escape from Camp Chase, Ohio, during the Civil War by West Virginian Sol Carpenter. French Carpenter plays a set and tells the story on the LP recording Old-Time Music from Clay County, West Virginia (Folk Promotions 11567-11568), and another version of tale and tune performed by Burl Hammons appears on The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66), which cites additional variants.


  • manuscript; 1 page

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1967/007: Notebook 2:70

Source Collection

  • Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

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Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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