Charlie Walden has advised us of the release of two classic volumes of Missouri/Midwestern fiddle tunes that have been reissued by University of Missouri Press.
The Old Time Fiddlers Repertory (Vol. 1 & 2), compiled and edited by R. P. Christeson, are now available in a new paperback spiral bound format.
In the first volume Christeson presents the scores for traditional tunes as played by thirty-three different fiddlers from nine states. Many of the tunes, divided into categories of breakdowns, waltzes, quadrilles, and pieces that have never been published nor appeared on commercial recordings.
In the second volume the scores are again arranged by musical type: breakdowns, organized by key; quadrilles, which some folks call jigs; miscellaneous pieces; and waltzes.
Most of these tunes are from Missouri, fitting because the state is a leader in old-time fiddling, with numerous contests and active local associations promoting the music. Both volumes of The Old-Time Fiddler’s Repertory are outstanding collections in an attractive and useful form.