Audio Recordings [Breakdown in A]
About this Item
- [Breakdown in A]
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967
- 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
- - Compass: 15
- - Key: A
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 2-3)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r
- - Phrase Structure: AB QQ'R (abac qrq'rsb)
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: Boy, that's a good tune. You don't remember the name of it?/HENRY REED: No. No, I don't.
- - Recording chronology: 102
- - Henry Reed had no name for this tune, and no clear variants of it have been found. But he played it on two different occasions, so it must have been a standard feature of his repertory. It is metrically irregular, having a two-bar low strain and a three-bar high strain. He reversed the order of the strains on the two occasions when he played this piece. Its use of the first-finger double-stop A-E on the G and D strings is a trait that appears elsewhere in his playing; compare, for example, "George Booker." The fact that these notes are played as a double-stop, and that he never plays the open G-string, probably indicates that it was originally conceived for a fiddle tuned up E-A-E-A for tunes in the key of A; in such a situation the double-stop would actually be the two low strings played as open strings.
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B02
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. [Breakdown in A]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000171/. (Accessed September 26, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1967) [Breakdown in A]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000171/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. [Breakdown in A]. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000171/>.