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From Dan Emmett's manuscripts, in Hans Nathan, "Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy," University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.

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Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 3, 2018 at 12:01am
I like what you did Paul. I quit playing it after I heard this.
https://www..com/watch?v=bNaKyoutube_nBp2Yc
I think many of the fiddle tunes on banjo simply don't translate the intended emotion.
Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 3, 2018 at 12:06am
Comment by Paul Draper on October 3, 2018 at 8:24am

Thanks, Tim. I totally agree. The CCD rendition is perfect in every way - haunting and hypnotic. Ever give it a shot with Al?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 3, 2018 at 8:36am

Yes, I think we have tried it. The banjo is plunky and rhythmic, but the fiddle is lyrical. 

Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 3, 2018 at 8:36am

Dang...maybe we didn't. Al??

Comment by Strumelia on October 4, 2018 at 10:08am

Could someone actually dance a jig to this?  Seems the wrong kind of timing.  Wondering- did Emmett title it as a jig...?

Did Emmett present it as a banjo piece?  Was a fiddle part included in the original, or was that left up to improvising fiddlers?

Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 4, 2018 at 10:17am

Remember, "Jig" was a word used loosely for almost anything. And the music, although from Emmett, is just a manuscript as I recall. 

Comment by Paul Draper on October 4, 2018 at 10:31am

 I would assume it was written for fiddle.  Here is the transcription of it as it appears in the Nathan book:

Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 4, 2018 at 11:01am

Comment by Timothy Twiss on October 4, 2018 at 11:01am

This is the original Manuscript.

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