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X:1 T:Disputeuse, La T:The Disputatious Woman M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:Related to "Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman" N:from the playing of Isidore Soucy (1899-1963, Montreal, Québec) D:Starr 15439a (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1928) F:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/15818.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Ador a-|a2a2 eagb|a2a2 eagb|a2a2 gagf|ed^cd efgf | [M:3/2]e^cAc efgf ed^cd |[M:C|]eagb a2a2|eagb a2a2|| A,A,^C[A,E] A,A,C[A,E] |[M:3/2]G,2B,G, DG,B,G, D[B,D]G,B,|[M:C|]A,B,=CD E2 DC|B,A,G,B, | A,2CA, A,A,CA,|[M:3/2] G,2 B,G, DG,B,G, DB,G,B, |[M:C|]A,B,=CD E2 DC|B,A,G,B, A,2[A,2E2]||



DISPUTEUSE, LA. French-Canadian, Reel (cut and 3/2 time). A Dorian/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A version of a tune better-known as "Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman (The)," at least in the United States. There is a category of tunes in Quebec that purport to mimic a dispute between a man and woman (often characterized as the arguments of a man and wife), including "Chicaneuse (La)," "Chicanière (La)," and "Bavasseuse (La)." The juxtaposition of high and low strains in binary tunes and the resultant association to two people having a disagreement is an old one, however, and can be found in other, English-speaking, genres. Allard researcher Jean Duval points to the venerable "Arkansas Traveler (1)" as one example[1]. Gaspésie fiddler Hermas Réhel (Bridgeville, Gaspe, PQ) played a version of the tune as "La Grondeuse"[2].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962), 2017; No. 77, p. 44.

Recorded sources: -Starr 15439a (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1928).

See also listing at:
Hear Isidore Soucy's 1928 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]


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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962, 2017, pp. 203-204.
  2. See a clip of Réhel playing the tune [2]