Grand Gigue Simple (La)
X:1 T:Grande gigue simple S:Isidore Soucy (1899-1962, Montreal) and Famille Soucy M:3/2 L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:Starr 15330b (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1927) F:https://archive.org/details/78_grande-gigue-simple_isidore-soucy_gbia0016274b Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D A2 AB AGFD|:SA,DDE FDED EGFD|A,DDE FDDB AGFD| A,DDE FDED EGFD|A,DDE FDDB AGFD:||:dfed cABc ecAc| dfed cAdB AGFA| dfed cABc ecAc| dfdf gefd AGFD:| dfdf gefd AGFD|dfdf gefd ecAc|defg afdf ecAc|defg afdB AGFDS||
GRANDE GIGUE SIMPLE, LA (The Great Single Step Dance). AKA and see "Gigue Simple (1)," "Grande Rouge (La)," "Jig du Bas-Canada (La)," "Red River Jig." French-Canadian, Reel (3/4, or 6/4 and 3/2 time). D Major. Standard, ADad or ADae tunings (fiddle). One part (Carlin): AA'BB' (Hart & Sandell): ABCD (Reiner & Anick): ABCCD (Remon & Bouchard). This triple-time reel is probably the most popular and famous solo step-dance tune for virtuostic stepping in French-Canadian tradition, though it is in actuality not a jig ('gigue') but a reel. It is performed at a variety of tempos, depending on the taste of the fiddler or the step-dancer for whom it is played. Made up of repetitive phrases, the melodic line is somewhat free-form, states Guy Bouchard, and each fiddler seems to have his or her own version. Métis fiddlers from Manitoba play it under the title "Red River Jig" and there the tune is perhaps the most popular vehicle for stepdancing. Anne Lederman (in her entry on "Fiddling" in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, 1992) states that this tune and its cognates were one of two important step-dance tunes in the repertoire of the 18th and 19th century fur-trade in Canada, along with "Drops of Brandy." She suggests "La Grande Gigue Simple" (and cognates) may originally have been Scottish hornpipes in 6/4 time (i.e. 'Old' or 'Triple' Hornpipe time). Hart & Sandell (2001) note that fiddler Isidore Soucy recorded the tune on 78 RPM discs five times between 1927 and 1952. The "La Grande Rouge" title seems to be a regional Gaspe title for this tune and perhaps is associated with the Manitoba title through the word 'red' (rouge).