Audio Recording Flop-Eared Mule
About this Item
- Flop-Eared Mule
- 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, June 18, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Breakdowns
- - Reels
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQS (abcd abce qrst qrsu)
- - 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
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Spoken: NEAL REED: Off-key.
- - Recording chronology: 010
- - Duration: 2 minutes, 14 seconds
- - This is instrumental tune is widely diffused 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.
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B02
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Chicago citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Flop-Eared Mule. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000080/.
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1966) Flop-Eared Mule. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000080/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, et al. Flop-Eared Mule. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000080/>.