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X:1 T:Reel à Manda M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:from the playing of Isidore Soucy (1899-1963, Montreal, Québec) D:Starr 16119A (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1938) F:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14056.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D SA2 d2f2|b2 bf a2 af |[M:3/2]gagf g2 A2c2e2|[M:C|]a2ga b2a2|[M:3/2] fgfe f2 A2d2f2| [M:C|]b2 bf a2 af |gagf g2 fg|1abaf g2A2|d2:|2[M:5/4] abaf g2e2|| A2|[M:C|]defg afde|fefg afde| f2g2e2ef|gfed cdef| |gfed c2c2|a2ga b2a2|1fgfe f2:|2[M:3/2][d2f2][df][df][d2f2]S||



Madame Bolduc’s troop. Back row: Mrs. Edouard Bolduc, Armand Lacroix, Jean Grimaldi, and André Carmel. At the front: Colette Ferrier and Manda Parent.

REEL À MANDA. AKA and see "Reel de Pâques." French-Canadian, Reel (irregular meter). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Soucy researcher Jean Duval finds "Reel à Manda" to be Soucy's reworking of the American song "Climbing Up the Golden Stair(s)"[1]. The title, he explains, refers to Manda Parent (1907-1992), a burlesque actress, comedienne and humorist who participated in the tours of famed Quebecois singer Mary Travers (La Bolduc) in the 1930's[2]. See also Soucy's other take on the same tune, "Reel de Pâques."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962), 2017; No. 244, p. 123.

Recorded sources: -Starr 16119A (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1938)

See also listing at:
Hear Isidore Soucy's 1938 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]


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  1. Jean Duval, "La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1962", 2017, p. 221.
  2. ibid.