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Laura mentions that Pa plays THE DEVIL’S DREAM on his fiddle on p. 73 of my copy of Little House in the Big Woods:

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Little House in the Big Woods

Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFZElEH_yFQ

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The music is printed in,
laura's music book 1 (big woods & farmer boy)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books (LM1)
Music from “Little House in the Big Woods” and “Farmer Boy”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-747-6
Book Code: LM1 (This link includes song list)

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The music is printed in:

The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-687-5
Book Code: LM7 (set) (This link includes song list)

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The music is played on Track 13 of this CD:

The Arkansas Traveler: Music from Little House on the Prairie
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/arkansas_traveler.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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Excerpt of Liner Notes about THE DEVIL’S DREAM from:
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/arkansas_traveler_liner_notes.htm

This fiddle tune was first collected in the 19th century. Like many such dance tunes, it has an opening strain (A) that is repeated; a second strain (B) that is also repeated; and then a repeat of the whole process (AABB) until the dancers and/or the fiddlers are happily exhausted. Here Butch and Dave give a performance that is more for listening, one that evokes a time long past, perhaps one rooted in the Scots-Irish heritage of the many Americans that cherished and nurtured this tune.

Wilder refers to the “Devil’s Hornpipe” in Little House on the Prairie (the chapter is titled “The House on the Prairie”). No tune has ever been written down, printed, or recorded with such a name, though. Our recording assumes that she intended to refer to “The Devil’s Dream,” which is usually danced as a reel (fast and energetic) while hornpipes, although related to reels, are somewhat slower, much, in fact, like that heard in this performance.

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THE DEVIL’S DREAM can also be heard on this CD:

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Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://www.laura-ingalls-wilder.com/happy_land.htm
This link includes a rich store of liner notes about the songs.

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Related Posts

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

Laura mentions that Pa plays THE RED HEIFER on his fiddle on p. 73 of my copy of Little House in the Big Woods:

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Little House in the Big Woods

Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams

THE RED HEIFER is also mentioned in Chapter 15 of,

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The Long Winter
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by  Garth Williams

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I read on p. 26 of the Google Books posting of,


The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook

…that the music for THE RED HEIFER is unrecovered.  I take that to mean that they couldn’t find the music.  However, I found a klesmer band playing a song called THE RED HEIFER and imagine this could be something like it, since, though the YouTube clip below features a clarinet playing the melody of the song, klesmer bands do use fiddles and it would easily be a fiddle tune, too.

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I don’t know that Pa would have played this melody, I love this klesmer band version of THE RED HEIFER:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gE1DN74mwQ

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This article from “Bluegrass Today” online magazine, written about the Pa’s Fiddle CD, explains that since no music for THE RED HEIFER seems to exist, they have included a song called THE YELLOW HEIFER, for which music does exist, a song which was noted to have been played in the area Pa Ingalls came from in Wisconsin.

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Hear a clip of  THE YELLOW HEIFER, here:
http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Heifer/dp/B0089AD95Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361469617&sr=8-1&keywords=yellow+heifer%2C+pa%27s+fiddle

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

Laura mentions that Pa plays MONEY MUSK (as an instrumental reel) on his fiddle on p. 73 of my copy of Little House in the Big Woods:

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Little House in the Big Woods

Book 1 in LITTLE HOUSE series
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams
ISBN 978-0-06+440001-5

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I love these guys

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCd5EP7DtOI

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This video shows  how the song can be danced like a square dance with the caller’s lyrics:


vimeo.com/4062404

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Some info on the song history, here:
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/afcreed:@field(NUMBER+@band(afcreed+13705b17))

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Info on sheet music, here:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Money_Musk,_Op.815_(Grobe,_Charles)

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Music for MONEY MUSK can be found in this book which is a collection of printed music mentioned in LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS and FARMER BOY (by Laura Ingalls Wilder),

laura's music book 1 (big woods & farmer boy)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books 
Music from “Little House in the Big Woods” and “Farmer Boy”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-747-6
Book Code: LM1 (This link includes song list)

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Related Posts

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/


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