KentFolk ReviewSCHOTT MUSIC
American Old Time Fiddle Tunes98 Traditional Pieces for Violin
By Pete Cooper
Now this book and CD are a delight - essential to those who play the folk fiddle, I would think, but a honey jar of wonders for those like me who are fascinated by the well known English and Celtic tunes that have migrated and transmogrified, the tunes that have been written over the waters, but also very much by those tunes that the Americas have preserved but we have lost. One wonders at the history of "Doney Gal" (61) - presumably a corruption of "Donegal" ?
The tunes start with such well known ones as "Flop-Eared Mule" (1) and "Turkey in the Straw" (3), and include other well known ones such as "Cluck Old Hen" (73) an "Jack o' Diamonds" (76) but there are others that I have loved for some time scattered through the collection : "Beaumont Rag" (91) (I first heard this from Neti Vaan, on one of her visits to Kent from New Orleans), "Glory in the Meeting House" (83) (familiar from the playing of Ben Paley), Blackberry Blossom (32) (a tune Saskia Tomkins is partial to) as well as "Midnight on the Water" (94), and the tune here titled Raleigh and Spencer (97).
There are too many other great tunes to list, but a few that that struck me particularly in this collection were
The 80 page booklet (in English, French and German) gives the tunes in stave notation, with extensive notes on regional and other playing styles : "Kentucky fiddlers play differently again, in a fluid, pulsing style, often with 'jumps' ahead of the beat, to bring out the intrinsic syncopation of the tune."
The tunes are split into sections, depending on the tuning - some such as Cotton Eyed Joe (6, 21, 67) appear in more than one tuning.
Each section is preceded by an open string playing to aid setting the fiddle tuning.
The playing of the tunes is as clear and authoritative as one would expect from such a fine player as Pete Cooper, who has a long history of teaching fiddle. The bowing ornamentation and syncopation specific to particular tunes are added as needed.
Beau Webber - www.KentFolk.com - 2010-01-20
In his new book, Pete Cooper presents a rich collection of 98 Old Time fiddle tunes from across the USA. All pieces are grouped by key, as played in sessions, and include bowing and chords. The introduction and notes on the individual tunes provide explanations of non-standard string tunings, bowing techniques, and regional playing styles. A CD of all the tunes, performed by Pete Cooper, accompanies the publication, which is suitable for grade 3 and above.
Other Pete Cooper publications in the Schott World Music series:
Eastern European Fiddle Tunes, Irish Fiddle Solos, English Fiddle Tunes.
Price: £10.99 / €17,95 Order number: ED 13236
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|3.||Turkey in the Straw||0:58|
|4.||Grey Cat on a Tennessee Farm||0:52|
|6.||Cotton Eyed Joe||1:23|
|D Tunes - 1 GDAE|
|8.||Angeline the Baker||0:53|
|9.||Eighth of January||0:48|
|10.||Pig Ankle Rag||1:29|
|13.||Josh and I||0:38|
|15.||West Fork Gals||0:44|
|17.||Rock the Cradle, Joe||0:44|
|19.||Sadie at the Back Door||0:42|
|G Tunes - 1 GDAE|
|20.||Peeler Creek Waltz||0:43|
|21.||Cotton Eyed Joe - 2||0:27|
|22.||Ladies on the Steamboat||0:24|
|24.||Elk River Blues||0:27|
|26.||Possum on a Rail||0:42|
|30.||Seneca Square Dance (Waiting for the Federals)||0:44|
|A Tunes - 1 GDAE|
|36.||Devil in the Strawstack||0:41|
|46.||Sheep Shell Corn by the Rattlin'of his Horn||0:26|
|49.||Wild Rose of the Mountain||1:00|
|D Tunes - 2 ADAE|
|50.||The Twin Sisters||0:54|
|51.||Old Molly Hare||0:22|
|54.||Ryestraw - 1||0:32|
|55.||Ryestraw - 2||0:39|
|59.||Belle of Lexington||0:43|
|A Tunes - 2 AEAE|
|64.||Sweet Sunny South||0:34|
|66.||Breaking up Christmas||0:41|
|67.||Cotton Eyed Joe - 3||0:29|
|70.||Little Billy Wilson||0:54|
|71.||Ways of the World||0:53|
|72.||Little Girl with her Hair all down Behind||0:43|
|73.||Cluck Old Hen||0:27|
|74.||Ducks in the Pond||0:43|
|75.||Falls of Richmond||1:02|
|76.||Jack o' Diamonds or The Drunken Hiccups||1:28|
|G Tunes - 2 GDAE|
|77.||Willow on the Lake||0:59|
|78.||Chicken and Dumplin's||0:45|
|79.||Flowers of Edinburgh||0:53|
|80.||Shove the Pig's Foot a Little Farther in the Fire||0:46|
|83.||Glory in the Meeting House||0:56|
|C Tunes and Rags GDAE|
|87.||Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase||1:03|
|88.||Billy in the Low Ground||0:44|
|90.||East Tennessee Blues||0:48|
|93.||Coleman' s March||1:12|
|94.||Midnight on the Water||1:22|
|95.||Bonaparte's Retreat - 1||1:08|
|96.||Bonaparte's Retreat - 2||0:56|
|97.||Raleigh and Spencer||0:35|
|98.||Queen of the Earth, Child of the Stars||1:31|
|Total duration 78:39|