Traditional Fiddle Tunes: “Turkey In The Straw”: For Cello
This classic traditional fiddle tune is offered here, transcribed for cello, in several different versions:
- for solo cello with piano (or any chordal) accompaniment
- as a duo with violin, viola or with another cello
In the solo cello version, it starts slowly and gently before we play it in its usual lively rendition, but in the duo versions, it is simply played twice, once by each player, in its normal lively speed.
And here below is a play-along piano accompaniment, valid only for the solo cello version and not for the duos.
“Turkey In The Straw” makes a great partner for “Devil’s Dream” (another traditional fiddle tune). If we play “Turkey” first, then “Devil’s Dream” (now in C major) can be our flashy finale, with just a few bars of piano introduction in between the two tunes to set the tempo. This combination, for cello and any chordal accompaniment, is offered here below:
And here below is a play-along audio piano accompaniment for this medley version: