Black Rock (4) (The)
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BLACK ROCK , THE. American, Hornpipe. E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB.
Source for notated version: the 1938 manuscript of New Hampshire fiddler John Taggart (1854-1943), entitled "Recollections of a Busy Life." In the ms. Taggart mentions the tune was "a great favourite of my father" [Miller]. Taggart, born and raised in Sharon, New Hampshire, and was a onetime orchestra leader and composer. Taggart wrote in his ms. that the tunes "were all taught me during my boyhood days in Sharon (N.H.), by the various fiddlers in that vicinity." Miller points out that Sharon is in "the heart of the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire, where fiddlers and contra dances abound to this day" (pref. iv) [Miller].
Printed source: Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 277, p. 166.
Recorded source: New Hampshire Fiddler's Union, Miller & Peery - "The Music of John Taggart" (1989).