Notated Music Flop-Eared Mule [music transcription]
About this Item
- Flop-Eared Mule [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
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQS (abcd abce qrst qrsu)
- - Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
- - Compass: 12
- - Key: G/D
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1
- - Stylistic features: Slurs predominate in bowing. It is interesting how many times through he played this (4 1/2 times through, which is more than his usual). His playing is also clean, as if he had a moment unhampered by physical impediments so kept going, or kept going in h
- - Handwritten: Played 4 times thru plus 1st str. once at end. Transcription from 2nd time thru (1st run of each str.). The style is lilting, w. the 1st of each pair of 16th notes longer than the 2nd.
- - This is a widely diffused instrumental tune throughout America. Nineteenth-century printed sets call it "Detroit Schottische," and one early printing, Howe's Leviathan Collection (1858), p. 110, indicates the composer as A. Couse and notes, "By permission of Amsdem and Carkill, proprietors of the copyright." Twentieth-century sets usually call the tune "Flop-Eared Mule" (see Ford, Traditional Music of America, p.121) or "Lop-Eared Mule" (see Bayard, Hill Country Tunes, #56; Artley, "West Virginia Country Fiddler," pp. 48, 50), but other titles also crop up.The tune, which modulates from the key of G in the first strain to the key of D in the second, is one of a class of tunes having strains set in different keys. In this respect it may be compared with "Richmond" in this collection, which is also in the general "breakdown" category, as well as various schottisches and waltzes. Henry Reed is joined here by his son Neal with a few tentative bars on a G-harmonica.
- manuscript; 1 page
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: Notebook 2:50
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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