It looks like a piano score to me... I don't know what key that would put it in.
Hey guys and gals-- Long time no see. Like some of the rest of you, I have a long musical history, and part of it is that I play classical guitar. I had a gig this past December where my fiddler friend and I were supposed to play Victorian parlor music. I had plenty of lead time, so my friend, Norm Boggs, suggested I play parlor guitar. So I practiced every day for four months and got my chops back. In the course of preparing for the performance, Norm introduced me to Knauff's 1839 Virginia Reels, transcribed from piano to guitar by Joseph Weidlich, the same fellow that did the minstrel banjo books. I know some of you play guitar and wonder about how to accompany the 19th century music. Well, this is one way. The transcriptions are of the melody with annotated chords. It's easy to play both simultaneously. Many of the tunes are familiar, but are also interesting variations of current interpretations. If you want to be "authentic," at least melodically, this is one way to go. The book comes with a CD of all 35 tunes, representing all four volumes of the original publication. The book is available from Centerstream Publishing.
Greetings Robaire...! :)
I didn't know you played classical guitar!
That Joe W. is a busy fellow, huh. I'm very glad to have his banjo books.
Aside from the usual oldtime and minstrel mini-sessons at home, I'm also learning to play simple medieval tunes on my Cretan lyra these days. Bowing is a whole nother universe of challenge, for sure! But being able to make early music sounds in some way...is worth the pain. :)
I'm glad to hear you busted your chops to get your chops back on classical guitar- that's a good feeling, isn't it?- to work hard and see real results to show for it.
So tell us how your parlor gig went, anyway...?
Lisa--The parlor tunes (fiddle and guitar) were worth all the effort. I played Bach (Jesu Joy of Man's desiring), Tchaikovsy (Dance of the Reed Flutes), a few Spanish tunes, some classical tunes by Carulli, Aguado, and Carcassi , and a lot of 17th, 18th, and 19th century fiddle-guitars duets of traditional Christmas music. An old Welsh song, All through the night, makes a beautiful fiddle-guitar duet. We also played three Turlough O'Carolan duets--Sheebeg Sheemore, Beauty in Tears (The Ashgrove on steroids), and Planxty Irwin. Our next project is to take on the 1839 Virginia reels.. One discovery I already made is that the first tune in the collection, called Killie Krankie, is practically identical to the version of Money Musk that I put on the website from the 1860 Buckley book. Hope you're doing well, and thanks for the interest. I haven't given up the banjo, but I have taken up the bones.
Rob, please post a video of some of the music you describe. Though I enjoy the 'minstrel' repertoire, I have also been drawn to the repertoire of the mid-19th C social orchestra, which seems as though it might fall somewhere between the minstrel and classical in style.
Thanks Al. I'll put that on my list of stuff to do in the new year.
I second that- make some videos of you playing some of this Rob!