Over 425 reels, jigs, "set-tunes," waltzes, marches, strathspeys, and airs transcribed in standard music notation from the playing of traditional fiddlers. Features many superb tunes and that have never before appeared in print. Includes tune-annotations, historical and explanatory notes, playing directions, and a detailed discussion of the Prince Edward Island playing style. Also includes capsule biographies of nearly sixty fiddle players. Illustrated by over twenty photographs, 216 pp.: $19.95
The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island , companion CD. Contains field recordings of over thirty different Prince Edward Island fiddlers. Includes 45 selections, 65 tunes: $15.95
The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island : book and CD together: $34.90
Winner of the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation 1997 Award in Publishing for helping to "preserve, interpret, and disseminate our province's fiddling heritage."
This study is a wonderful contribution because it so carefully and thoroughly analyzes and records the music of a dynamic fiddling tradition. The book is attractive, with a beautiful cover coastal scene of the Island, the text is interspersed with photographs of Island fiddlers...Indeed the entire study is the result of extensive study and careful thought.
With The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island, Perlman achieves his aims to provide a portrait of the Island fiddling style, to offer a guide for those who want to learn this style, and to present a useful fiddle tunebook. I highly recommend this new study to all students of Canadian Maritime fiddling and congratulate Perlman for his excellent achievement.
This book is important for what it preserves. For as anyone who has heard these tunes and these fiddlers will attest, there is a wealth on P.E.I. greater than gold...
This set of tunes is very nicely presented. It includes a good deal of information about the fiddlers and their world. Highly recommended to all fiddlers and fiddle students and to anyone who wants to do folk music field work. It is a fine example of what can be done to preserve and protect an endangered species -- homemade music....
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