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

Chris Goertzen

Abstract

George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839) was the first collection of southern fiddle tunes and the only substantial one published in the nineteenth century. Knauff's activity could not anticipate our modern contest-driven fiddle subcultures. But the fate of the Virginia Reels pointed in that direction, suggesting that southern fiddling, after his time, would happen outside of commercial popular culture even though it would sporadically engage that culture. This book uses this seminal collection as the springboard for a fresh exploration of fiddling in America, past and present. It first discus ... More

Keywords: Virginia Reels, George P. Knauff, southern tunes, fiddle tunes, music publishing, blackface minstrelsy, southern fiddling, song sheets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496814272
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814272.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Goertzen, author
University of Southern Mississippi