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George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling$
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Chris Goertzen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496814272

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496814272.001.0001

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George P. Knauff and the Publishing of His Virginia Reels, the First Collection of Southern Fiddle Tunes

George P. Knauff and the Publishing of His Virginia Reels, the First Collection of Southern Fiddle Tunes

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(p.3) Chapter One George P. Knauff and the Publishing of His Virginia Reels, the First Collection of Southern Fiddle Tunes
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George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling
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Chris Goertzen

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814272.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides a background of George P. Knauff and his Virginia Reels, the first printed collection to contain lots of tunes and tune titles known to fiddlers in the American South today. Knauff himself was a fascinating individual, but he did not achieve the level of celebrity that leaves bold traces in the historical record. His most notable accomplishment, publishing the Virginia Reels, was a modest venture for him, one among many small sources of income. He was a musician and merchant trying to support his family. Ultimately, his combination of an original mind with a high-powered work ethic led him to publish this unusual and important tune collection. The Virginia Reels themselves present a complicated picture due to their having been issued several times, and by two publishers.

Keywords:   Virginia Reels, George P. Knauff, southern tunes, fiddle tunes, fiddling, American South

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