Gigue de campagne

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X:1 T:Jigue/Gigue de campagne N:From the playing of fiddler Arthur-Joseph (A.J.) Boulay (1883-1948), N:who was born in New Hampshire, but who spent much of his life in Quebec. M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig N:Play ABBB'AA'BBB'AA'BBB' N:The first section, in 6/8 time, is only played once, in the beginning of N:the tune. Thereafter the 6/8 melody is rendered in cut time. The 6/8 N:part is really a slide (12/8 time), but the occasional measure of 2/4 time N:in the first strain is more clearly notated using 6/8 time. D:Victor 263539-B (78 RPM), A.J. Boulay (1928) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G P:A B2e|d2B cBA|B2B B2e|d2B cBA|G2G G2B| d-B2 cBA|B2B g2e|d2B cBA|G2G G2B| d-B2 cBA|[M:2/4]BBBd |[M:6/8]d2B cBA|[M:2/4]GG GB| [M:6/8]e-B2 cBA|B2B g2e|d-B2 cBA|[M:2/4]GDEF|| P:B |:[M:C|]GBEB G-EEF|GBAG F-DD-F|GABc dege|1,2dcBA GDEF:|3 dcBA G2|| P:C Be|dB (3cBA BBBe|dB (3cBA GGGB|eB (3cBA BBge|1 dB (3cBA GGGB:|2 dB (3cBA GDEF||

JIGUE/GIGUE DE CHAMPAGNE. French-Canadian, Jig/Slide and Reel (6/8 and cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABBB'AA'BBB'AA'BBB'. Somewhat oddly, the first strain begins in triple time as a jig, or, perhaps more correctly, a slide in 12/8 time, with occasional measures in duple (2/4 time). The second strain shifts to duple time (cut time), and, upon returning to the 1st strain melody, continues in cut time (and so for the rest of the tune). The piano player seems thrown off by the shifting rhythms, and perhaps Boulay accommodated him by switching to all-duple meter. Researcher Jean Duval notes that the piece is well-known in Quebec repertoire, and had previously been recorded by Georges Frappier in 1921 for Starr Records, under the title "Sets canadiens (2)". Other famous 78 RPM-era Quebec musicians also recorded versions: J.O. LaMadeleine as "Reel de St-Hilaire" (1945), Alfred Montmarquette as "Reel de Chicoutimi" (1928), and Joseph Allard as "Reel de Péribonka" (1945)[1].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de A.J. Boulay 1883-1948), 2020; No. 22, p. 12.

Recorded sources : - Gennett 12038-B (78 RPM), Georges Frappier (1921). Victor 263539-B (78 RPM), A.J. Boulay (1928).

See also listing at :
Hear A.J. Boulay's 1928 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]
Hear Georges Frappier's 1921 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [2]

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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de A.J. Boulay 1883-1948,2020, p. 35.