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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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“Lady of the Lake” and “George Booker”

“Lady of the Lake” and “George Booker”

Knauff Digs More Deeply into Local Oral Tradition

(p.78) Chapter Four “Lady of the Lake” and “George Booker”
George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling

Chris Goertzen

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the third volume of George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels. Knauff established the economic potential of publishing local dance tunes in the first set of Virginia Reels. In the second set, he focused on his immediate environment: he celebrated people and places that his target audience knew. When he created No. 3, the governing principle may have been complementary to that shaping No. 2: these were local melodies. Most of the tunes in No. 3 had not yet been published in the United States, and the few among them that had reached print here were rare enough in those notated forms that Knauff probably hadn't seen them on paper; to him, these were local oral tradition tunes. More tunes survive from this volume than from any of the other three pamphlets comprising the Virginia Reels.

Keywords:   George P. Knauff, Virginia Reels, local dance tunes, local melodies, local oral tradition

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