Audio Recording [Polka in G]
About this Item
- [Polka in G]
- 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
- - Polkas
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Key: G
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Compass: 16
- - Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQS (abcd abce qrst qrue)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1
- - Stylistic features: Short bowstrokes or simple paired slurs.
- - Related Tune(s): This tune was later played as a schottische. See "Schottische in G."
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed--called a polka."
- - Spoken: HENRY REED: I strike that thing instead of striking the bass.
- - Recording chronology: 011
- - Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds
- - No kin of this tune have been located, though the three eighth notes ending each strain remind one of the hornpipes and clogs of the nineteenth century. Henry Reed played it twice. This performance, called a polka and played at a fairly lively pace, came first; the second time (AFS 13033b09) he called it a schottische, made the pace slower, and used more of a dotted-eighth-and-sixteenth rhythm.Henry Reed complains in his spoken comment about having trouble reaching the "bass," meaning the G-string, with his bow, and instead hitting the bow on "that thing," the wooden tip of the violin's concave side indentation.
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B03
- 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. Polka in G. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000081/.
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1966) Polka in G. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000081/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, et al. Polka in G. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000081/>.