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X:1 T:Les foins N:From the playing of fiddler Isidore Soucy (1899-1962, Montreal) M:C| L:1/8 R:"Suite" Q:"Quick" D:Starr 15337A (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1927) D:https://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/15630.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz, sections by Jean Duval K:G P:A D2|[M:3/2]GABc d-ed-c Bdg2|[M:C|] G2 BG DGBG| FGAB cBcd| edcB ABAG | [M:3/2]FAAc dedc BdgB|[M:C|]G2 BG DGBG|FGAB cBcd| egfa [Bg]g [D2A2]| [M:3/2]GABc d-ed-c BdgB|G2 BG DGBG DGBG| FGAB cBcd| edcB ABAG | FAAc dedc |dedc BdgB|GGBG DGBG DGBG|FGAB cBcd|egfa ggga g2|| P:B |:b2 bg a2 af |g2 bg d2 dB |c2 ec BcBG |[M:3/2]ABAG FAAB Adef| [M:C|]gfga g2[d2g2]|b2 bg aaaf|1g2 bg d2 dB|c2 ec BcBG| ABAF GGef|gfga [B2g2]d-B:|2 g2bg d2d2|gfga bgaf| gedc BGG2|BddB cAFA|GBAF G2D2|| P:A' |:[M:3/2]GABc d-edc degA| GGBG DGBG DGBG|[M:C|]FGAB cBcd |edcB ABAG| [M:3/2]FAAc d-edc degA|GGBG DGBG DGBG|[M:C|]FGAB cBcd|1egfa [B2g2]D2:|2[M:3/2] egfa g2 ga g2|| P:B' [M:C|]b2 bg a2 af|g2 bg d2d-B|cc c2 BcBG|[M:3/2]ABAG FAAB A2ef| [Bg]-[Bf] [Bg]-[Ba] g2dg|bbbg aaaf|g2bg dddB|cccc BcBG|ABAF G2|| P:C |:D2|GAB-c d-edB|c-dcA BcBG|[M:3/2]ABAF GFGE DCB,C | [M:C|]GABc dedB| cdcA BGBd|1ecAFG2:|2 ecAF G2 ef|gagf ggdg|| P:B" b2 bg a2 af|g2 bg d2 dB|ccec BcBG|[M:3/2]ABAG FAAB Adef| [M:C|][Bg]-[Bf][Bg]-[Ba] [B2g2]dg|bbbg aaaf|ggbg d2d2|gfga bgaf| gfdB dGG2|BddB cAFA|GBAF G2ga|gfga bgaf| gfga bgaf| gedB BGBG| BddB cAFA |GBAF G2D2|| P:A" |:[M:3/2]GABc d-edc BdgA|G2 [G2B2] DGBG DGBG|[M:C|]FGAB cBcd|edcB ABAG| [M:3/2]FAAc dedc BdgA |G2 [G2B2] DGBG DGBG|[M:C|]FGAB cBcd|1[M:3/2]edeg fefa g2D2:|2 egfa g2 ga g2|| P:B dg|[M:C|]bbbg aaaf|g2 bg d2 dB|cc[c2e2] BcBG|[M:3/2]ABAG FAAB Adef| [M:C|][Bg]-[Bf][Bg]-[Ba] [Bg]gdg|bbbg aaaf|g2 bg d2 dB|cc c2 BcBG |ABAF G2D2|| P:C' D2|GAB-c d-edB|c-dcA BcBG|[M:3/2]ABAF GFGE DCB,C | [M:C|]GABc dedB| cdcA BGBd|ecAF G2D2|GAB-c d-edB| c-dcA BcBG|[M:3/2]ABAF GFGE DCB,C |GABc dedB BGBd |[M:C|]ecAF G2B2| G2 [GB][GB][G2B2]z2||



FOINS, LES. AKA and see "Danse des Foins (La)." French-Canadian, Reel (cut and 3/2 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABA'B'CB"A"B"'C'. "Les Foins" (AKA "Danse des Foins"), 'the hay-maker's', is the name of a dance with its own tune in Québec, perhaps dating to the 1700's and which may have French origins, according to Marius Barbeau (Anne Lederman, "Fiddling", Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada, 1992). Soucy researcher Jean Duval finds that Soucy's "Les foins", a suite with numerous variations, quotes the English "Miss Gayton’s Hornpipe" as its core motif[1].


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962), 2017; No. 43, p. 24.

Recorded sources : - Starr 15337A (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1927).

See also listing at :
Hear Isidore Soucy's 1927 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]



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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962, 2017, p. 199.