Fiddle music is a firm part of the American folk tradition, yet little
has been available in formal notation. This collection, based
on recordings and notes made by R.P. Christeson over three decades,
offers reliable scores for 245 traditional fiddle tunes
as played by artists in the Midlands and Southwest.
In this volume Christeson presents the scores for traditional tunes as played by
33 different fiddlers from nine states. Many of the tunes, divided
into categories of breakdowns, waltzes, quadrilles, and "pieces", have
never been published nor appeared on commercial recordings.
About the Author:
R.P. Christeson is a Civil Service retiree of the U.S. Department
of Agriculture and an alumnus of the University of Missouri at Columbia.
He began his collection of commercial recordings of fiddle music
in 1933 and started making live field recordings in 1947. Always in
search of the least-altered version of a fiddle tune, Christeson traveled
the country to fiddlers' contests and visited individual fiddlers to record
their music. This book is born out of his belief that the traditional
folk arts of the American people should be preserved and documented
while still possible.