Arkansas Turnback

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Arkansas Turnback

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 Theme code Index   5553 5531
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    USA(Ozarks/Western Tenn)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Drew Beisswenger & Gordon McCann
 Book/Manuscript title    Ozarks Fiddle Music
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 36
 Year of publication/Date of MS    2008
 Artist    Art Galbraith
 Title of recording    Dixie Blossoms
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Rounder Records 0133
 Year recorded    1981


ARKANSAS TURNBACK. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Missouri. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Galbraith’s source, Willy Bilyeu, indicated the title was his, although he thought the tune was some “old hornpipe” (Beisswenger & McCann, 2008).

Source for notated version: Art Galbraith (1909-1993, near Springfield, Missouri), learned around 1955 from Willy Bilyeu (Ozark, Missouri) [Phillips].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 36. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1994; p. 18.

Recorded sources: Rounder Records 0133, Art Galbraith – “Dixie Blossoms” (1981).


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