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Fiddler's Dream.

Fiddler's Dream

Howard Wight Marshall

University of Missouri Press

113 Heinkel Bldg., 201 S. 7th St., Columbia, MO 65211

9780826221216, $29.95, HC, 448pp,

Including a CD with 30 archival recordings from 1939 to 2015 produced by Voyager Records, "Fiddler's Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri" is the sequel to Howard Wight Marshall's earlier book on old-time fiddlers in Missouri, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish". In "Fiddler's Dream", Marshall (who is the Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri--Columbia) uses oral history, archival photographs, and transcriptions of selected tunes to trace the evolution of traditional fiddle music in Missouri from the early 1920s through the abrupt changes in American society and traditional music in the 1960s. As the title would suggest, the specific focus of "Fiddler's Dream" is on fiddle music in everyday life at music parties, dances, pie suppers, festivals, contests, and oprys. Professor Marshall's wealth of knowledge, gained through a lifetime of involvement in Missouri fiddle traditions, gives his comprehensive study an exceptional richness and depth in its content. Featuring interviews, transcriptions, notes, a selected bibliography, a discography, and index to text, and an index to the Voyager Records Companion CD, "Fiddler's Dream" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library American Music History collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

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Title Annotation:Howard Wight Marshall
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Aug 1, 2017
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