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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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Epilogue

Epilogue

“Forked Deer,” Multivalent Nostalgia, Sustainability, and the Edge Effect

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(p.145) Epilogue
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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/9781496814272.003.0006

This epilogue focuses on “Forked Deer.” It is one of very few fiddle tunes that now flourish in southern fiddle styles ranging from straightforward to quite fancy, and throughout the United States—in old-time fiddling in the Upper South, in exuberant West Virginia styles, and in the melodic improvisations of the modern contest fiddling originating in Texas. Both the title and the melody of “Forked Deer” enter the historical record in George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels. Like most southern fiddle tunes, however, “Forked Deer” did not make it into the nineteenth-century mainstream of instrumental anthologies. In fact, this tune found its way into just one publication later in that century. The chapter then considers the title “Forked Deer.” The multivalence of the title “Forked Deer” plus the particular retitling of the tune touch most of the normal categories for fiddle tune titles in the American South.

Keywords:   Forked Deer, fiddle tunes, southern fiddle styles, old-time fiddling, contest fiddling, George P. Knauff, Virginia Reels, southern fiddle tunes, instrumental anthologies, fiddle tune titles

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