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Play of a Fiddle: Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia Paperback – Nov 11 2009

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky (Nov. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813193265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813193267
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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"An excellent step toward giving West Virginia's musical heritage its rightful place in American musical study." -- American Music

"Has much to offer for the fiddler who would like to develop conceptual understanding of the fiddle's place in history and society." -- American String Teacher

"Goes a long way toward enlightening readers about traditional music in central West Virginia.... A fascinating look at the culture that enjoys, plays, preserves, and protects that music." -- Appalachian Journal

"An enjoyable book filled with anecdotes, local history, and keen observations about musical lives." -- Appalachian Quarterly

"Milnes has combined his passion for the subject and his abiding respect for the people of West Virginia with carefully researched material and his own field notes and recordings." -- Choice

"Milnes counters many of the myths surrounding West Virginian folk culture." -- Ethnomusicology

"Essential reading for anyone interested in mountain music." -- Goldenseal

"A gem of a book.... Worth a great deal more than fiddler's pay for those interested in traditional mountain music." -- Green Man Review

"The information, particularly that on the dulcimer tradition, is exceedingly important to those of us who would try to understand the meaning of the legacy of old-time music making in the upland South." -- Jeff Todd Titon

"Documents a thriving folk culture in West Virginia, one that has changed and evolved over this century. Using numerous interviews he has conducted over the past 20 years, Milnes shows how folk music is an ageless expression of deep feelings and how it reveals the values and identity of a mountain culture." -- McCormick (SC) Messenger

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