Notated Music House Carpenter [music transcription]
About this Item
- House Carpenter [music transcription]
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Created / Published
- [Between 1966 and 1968]
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Airs
- - Ethnography
- - Sheet Music
- - Music score
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Sheet Music
- Music score
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Transcribed by Alan Jabbour, from a performance by Henry Reed.
- - Key: A
- - Compass: 9
- - Title change: This tune is transcribed after "Sweet Sunny South," midway down the page.
- - Strains: 1 (12)
- - Rendition: 1-1-1-1 (last time interrupted)
- - Phrase Structure: ABCDCD (abcdefghefgh)
- - Stylistic features: Third and fourth phrases of tune (and presumably the text) repeated.
- - Handwritten: Played 2 1/2 times thru (3rd time interrupted somewhere in middle by tape). 2nd time tr.
- - This is an old traditional ballad widely circulated in the British Isles and the United States (see Child #243 "James Harris (The Daemon Lover")). Henry Reed's tune is the preferred tune for the ballad in the Upper South, and indeed it is probably the favored melody throughout the ballad's range; see Bronson, The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads, for a full survey of variant versions. The repetition of the last two phrases, which Henry Reed reproduces here, occurs with some frequency in sung versions of the ballad. His style here is typical of the older fiddle style for playing airs, and it captures the looser rhythm of unaccompanied singing as well as some of the details of vocal ornamentation.
- manuscript; 1 page
Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: Notebook 3: p. 30b
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
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Jabbour, Alan. House Carpenter music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000048/.
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Jabbour, A. (1966) House Carpenter music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968] [Notated Music] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000048/.
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Jabbour, Alan. House Carpenter music transcription. [Between 1966 and 1968, 1966] Notated Music. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000048/>.