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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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“Speed the Plough” and “Money Musk”

“Speed the Plough” and “Money Musk”

Knauff and the Dance Music Component of Early American Popular Music

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(p.28) Chapter Two “Speed the Plough” and “Money Musk”
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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/9781496814272.003.0002

This chapter discusses George P. Knauff's music business. When versatile musician and entrepreneur Knauff heard a fiddler playing the Virginia Reels melodies for dancing at social events held at the home of his wife's parents, he sensed a similar chance to enhance his income. It is not clear exactly when he launched into composing and arranging music for profit because a few of his publications lack dates and plate numbers; this includes the first printing of the first two volumes of the Virginia Reels. This suggests an alternative scenario: that his activity as a composer and arranger started after his home and business burned and piggybacked on his next focus for earning a living, which was teaching. Whether initially part of his brick-and-mortar business or coupled with his subsequent stint teaching, Knauff's choosing to compose, arrange, and publish music was nothing startling as it was a natural ingredient of any music career at that time.

Keywords:   George P. Knauff, music business, Virginia Reels, dance music, composing, music arrangement, music career, music publishing

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