Gigue à Jos Bernatchez (La)

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GIGUE À JOS BERNATCHEZ, LA. French-Canadian, Reel. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A 'crooked' tune, the 'A' part having six measures and the 'B' part four. A gigue in Québec is a stepdance, and the name attached to a tune simply means a vehicle for stepdancing, no matter what the meter.

Source for notated version: Liette Remon, who learned the tune from her father, Réginald (Petit-Pabos, Gaspésie), who in turn learned it from his grandfater, Jos Bernatchez [Remon & Bouchard].

Printed sources: Remon & Bouchard (Airs Tordus: 25 Crooked Tunes, vol. 2), 1997; No. 16.

Recorded sources: Les Têtes de violon - "Le talencourt." 30 Below TB 001CD, Les têtes de violon (Bouchard et al) - "Airs Tordus/Crooked Tunes" (1998). 30 Below TB-123-CD, Liette Remon - "Un p'tit air de famille."




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