Hound music


West Virginians appreciate the music made by hounds baying during a fox chase, and there are various tastes in the matter.

Some hunters prefer a “coarse mouth” whereas others esteem a “fine” or “tenor mouth”; other terms for hound vocalizations include “fast chop”, “turkey mouth”, and “pretty-tongued beller”.

This according to “‘Listen to that beautiful music’: Fox chasing in the Mountain State” by Gerald Milnes (Goldenseal XX/2 [summer 1996] pp. 27–33). Below, a polychoral welcoming anthem.

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