Ole Hendricks and His Tunebook
Folk music and community on the frontier,
by Amy M. Shaw, musician, archivist, and head of archives at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In the nineteenth century Ole Hendricks was an immigrant, by day a farmer, by night a fiddler. His fiddle lit up dance halls, bringing together neighbors in rural Minnesota. Each tune in his repertoire of waltzes, reels, polkas, quadrilles, and more were copied neatly into his commonplace book. Such tunebooks rarely survive. Based on extensive historical and genealogical research, Amy Shaw presents a grounded picture of a musician, his family, and his community in the Upper Midwest, revealing much about music and dance in the area. This notable contribution to regional music and folklore includes more than one hundred of Ole's dance tunes, transcribed into modern musical notation for the first time.
Hardcover, 240pp. 2020