Gigue à Fridolin

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X:1 T:Gigue à Fridolin I:From the 1939 recording by Isidore Soucy (1899-1963, Montreal) at the I:Virtual Gramphone http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/virtual-gramophone/Pages/Item.aspx?idNumber=1019354766 M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Starr 16203b (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1939) S:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14103.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D A,2A,2|:SDFEF DEFA|Bcdd AFDF|GABA GFED|CDEC A,2B,C| DFEF DEFA|Bcdd A2de|[M:3/2]fgaf gfed cAcA|1d2f2d2D2A,2D2:|2[M:C|]d2f2d2d2|| [Ae]-[Af][A2f2] [Af][Ag][Af][Ae]|[de]-[dg][dg]a (g/a/g) [d2g2]|[Ae][Af][Af][Ag] [A2f2]d2|([Bb]a)gf edcB| [Ae][Af][A2f2] [Af][Ag][Af]e|[de]-[dg][dg]a (g/a/g) ed|cdcB Aceg|1faec d2d2:|2faec d2A,2S||



GIGUE À FRIDOLIN. French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Soucy researcher Jean Duval explains the title refers to a character named Fridolin, created by Gratien Gélinas (1909-1999) in the fall of 1937 for a CKAC and Radio-Canada radio show called "Le Carorousel de la gaiété" or "Train de plaisir", a type of soap opera [1]. Fridolin became his trademark character, and after a few months the Fridolinades went on tour, directed by Fred Barry, performing the soap opera live in theaters. It became an annual review produced by Gélinas and his team between 1938 and 1946 (and later 1956) at the Monument National, in Montreal.

Gratien Gélinas playing Fridolin in a scene from “Fridolinons,” March 1945. Photo: Ronny Jacques for the National Film Board (MIKAN 4318078)



Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962), 2017; No. 265, p. 133.

Recorded sources: - Starr 16203b (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1939).



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  1. Jean Duval, "La Musique de Isidore Soucy," 2017; p. 224.