Brown's Dream (1)

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 Theme code Index    1H1H 55 1H1H 2H5
 Also known as    Brownlow's Dream, Brownstream, Herve Brown's Dream, John Brown's Dream, Little Rabbit, Pretty Little Gal (1), Pretty Little Miss (1), Red Steer, Stillhouse Branch, Table Mountain Road
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    3 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    2/4
 History    USA(Upland South)
 Structure    AABBC
 Editor/Compiler    Miles Krassen
 Book/Manuscript title    Appalachian Fiddle
 Tune and/or Page number    pp. 66-67
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1973
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BROWN'S DREAM [1]. AKA and see "Brownlow's Dream," "Brownstream," "Herve Brown's Dream," "John Brown's Dream," "Little Rabbit," "Pretty Little Gal (1)," "Pretty Little Miss (1)," "Red Steer" (Tenn.), "Stillhouse Branch," "Table Mountain Road." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA: Round Peak, western N.C.; Galax and southwest Va.; Tenn. A Major. Standard or AEae (Tommy Jarrell). AABBC. According to Miles Krassen (1973) the title of this tune was originally "Herve Brown's Dream," but was shortened to 'Brown's Dream' in common usage. As the tune circulated, the surname Brown came to be identified with the most famous personage of the era with that name, the abolitionist John Brown, and references to the obscure Herve (who may or may not have composed the tune) became rare. Krassen's assertion may or may not be true, as there is no source given to check, however, the "Herv Brown" title seems to have come from West Virginia fiddler Frank George. The tune is one of a large tune family known by several titles, and apparently originated in the Blue Ridge area, although since fairly widely disseminated. Mt. Airy, North Carolina, fiddler Tommy Jarrell had the tune from his father, fiddler Ben Jarrell, and Tony Lowe. See notes for "John Brown's Dream" and "Pretty Little Gal (1)."

Source for notated version: Henry Reed (Va.) [Krassen].

Printed version: Krassen (Appalachian Fiddle), 1973; pp. 66-67.

Recorded sources: Crockett Family, 78 RPM (appears as "Little Rabbit"). Old Homestead OHCS191, Dykes Majic City Trio (Eastern Tenn.) [appears as "Red Steer"] {originally recorded for Brunswick, 1927}. In the repertoire of Fiddlin' Cowan Powers 1877-1952? (Russell County, S.W. Va.) and recorded by him in 1924 for Victor, though unissued.


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