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THE OLD-TIME FIDDLER'S REPERTORY. 245 Traditional Tunes. Compiled and Edited by R. P. Christeson.

Christeson, R. P. (compiler)

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ISBN 10: 0826201512 / ISBN 13: 9780826201515
Published by University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri, 1973
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Oblong quarto. xiv,210pp. Index. Title page vignette and illustrated endpapers. Printed sheet music throughout. Illustrated yellow cloth stamped in brown & red. D.j. Near fine in near fine dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 1314

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Publisher: University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Missouri

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Fiddle music is a firm part of the American Folk tradition, yet little has been available in formal notation. This collection, based on recordings and notes made by R. P. Christeson over three decades, offers reliable scores for 245 traditional fiddle tunes as played by artists in the Midlands and Southwest. Old-time fiddling is one of the oldest and, at the same time, least investigated facets of American folklore. The literature to date has been limited, out-of-print publications on the subject are collectors' items, and many fiddlers of the old school are now deceased. In this volume Christeson presents the scores for traditional tunes as played by 33 different fiddlers from nine states. Many of the tunes, divided into categories of breakdowns, waltzes, quadrilles, and "pieces," have never been published nor appeared on commercial recordings. Old-time fiddlers were were active in the 1920s, 30s and 40s are representative of the broad specgtrum of the music played for coungtry dances and entertainments. Although the fiddler and his music for a time retired backstage, the devotion of a dedicated few kept the tradition alive, and old-time fiddling is now moving again into the spotlight. Illustrated endpapers showing violin and bow ads, includes an index of tunes by type of tune.

About the Author:

About the Editor R. P. Christeson began playing the fiddle as a boy in Dixon, Missouri. He started collecting commercial recordings of fiddle music in 1933 and started making live field recordings in 1947. Always in search of the least-altered version of a fiddle tune, Christeson traveled the country to attend fiddlers’ contests and visited individual fiddlers to record their music. This book was born out of his belief that the traditional folk arts of the American people should be preserved and documented while they still may be. 

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