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X:1 T:Reel Carnaval S:Jos Bouchard (1905-1979). via Pascal Gemme M:C| L:1/8 D:Carnaval Records CS530, Jos Bouchard - Reel Carnaval D:Buda Musique, Pascal Gemme & Mario Loiselle - Musique du D:Monde/Music of the World (2013) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Emin Be|geBe geBe|+slide+b4 beBe|geBe gbag|(ef2)f f2f2| fBBf BfBB|fBf2b2fg|bf (a/b/a)g2f2|bage B3e| geBe geBe|b/b/b z2 b2Be|geBe (g/a/g) fg|a f3f4| [Ba]-[Bf]f2 affa|g2 ee (ge)eg|(e/f/)f Bf bagf|[B4e4][B4e4]|| |:faaa fafa|(g2b2)b4|b2 (c'/d'/c') (b/c'/b)a2|gagf gee2| (fa)aa (fa)(fa)|(g2b2)b2 b2|b2 bc' begf|1[B2e2]e/e/e e4:|2[B2e2]e/e/e [F2d2]Bc|| |:d2Bd edBd|[B3g3]a gdBc|d/d/d Bd gfed|cdcB cBAB| cBcd edeg|(ef)ff fafa|fgfe dedc|(Bc)de d2Bc| d2Bd edBd|[B2g2]ga gdBc|[Bf]-[Bg][B/g][B/g/] [B2a2](g/a/g)|ecGc c4| (^g[A2a2])a [A2a2][A2a2]|G2Bd [B4g4]|dded ^cdef|1(g/a/g) fa gdBd:|2(g/a/g) fa g2||



REEL CARNAVAL. AKA - "Carnival." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). E Minor/G Major (third part) {Bouchard/Marcoux}: B Minor/D Major {Hart & Sandell}. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCC (Hart & Sandell): AABBCC (Marcoux). The tune has harmonic and chordal similarities with "Reel Beatrice." The original source for the tune was fiddler Joseph Bouchard (1905-1980), an important figure in Québec musical tradition, and a member of the group Les Montagnards laurentins (The Laurentian Mountaineers - the Laurentians are a range of mountains in the Province of Québec), who had a long-running radio broadcast in the 1930's and 1940's. The title comes from Bouchard's record label in his later career, Carnaval Records. Joseph Allard recorded a "Reel du carnaval" in 1937 for RCA Victor, and Isidore Soucy cut a "Gigue du Carnival" (a reel), but both are different, unrelated melodies (and unrelated to each other).

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - French-Canadian fiddler Omer Marcoux (later in life a resident of Concord, N.H.) who learned the tune from Bouchard's Bluebird recording [Miskoe & Paul]; fiddler Michel Bordleau [Hart & Sandell].

Printed sources : - Hart & Sandell (Dance ce Soir), 2001; No. 23, pp. 54-55. Miskoe & Paul (Fiddle Tunes of Omer Marcoux), 1994; p. 3 (appears under the mistaken title "Beatrice").

Recorded sources: -Buda Musique, Pascal Gemme & Mario Loiselle - "Musique du Monde/Music of the World" (2013). Carnaval Records CS530, Jos Bouchard - "Reel Carnaval." Compo Records, Joseph Bouchard - "Reel carnaval" (1968). Laurie Hart & William Coulter - "Gravity Hill" (1992).



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