Annotation:Reel boule de neige (1)

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X:1 T:Boules de neige [1] T:Snowballs S:Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Montreal) M:C| L:1/8 D:Victor 263909 (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1933) F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G Bc|d2B2g2B2| d2c2{d}cBAB| c2A2 d2A2|c2B2{c}BAGB| d2B2g2A2|{g}f2e2 edef|e2c2a2f2|g2b2g2:| K:D z2|:ABAG F2A2|e2 fg f4|efed c2e2|a^gab a2a2| ABAG F2A2|fefg {fg}f2ed|c2e2a2c2|1e2d2d4:|2e2d2d2||

REEL BOULE DE NEIGE [1] (Snowball). AKA - "Boules de neige." AKA and see "Bachelor's Reel, "Pork and Beans," "Quadrille canadien -- 1ère partie," "Quadrille fèves au lard," "Snowball Reel." French-Canadian, Reel or Polka (2/4 time). G Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Carlin): AA'BB' (Cuillerier). From the repertoire of Québec fiddler Joseph Allard (1873-1947), who recorded it in 1932. Allard, who worked for much of his life as a fisherman, lived for a time in the United States, where he toured the northeast and was influenced by Irish and Scottish-style fiddlers. He returned to Canada in 1917 and settled near Montréal, later recording for the Bluebird label. The parts of the tune (which can be considered either a reel or polka) are sometimes reversed.
Nebraska, 1910

Victor originally released the recording as "Quadrille fèves au lard" in 1932, but re-relased it in early 1933 on both its Victor and Bluebird labels under the "Boule de beige" title. The tune had been earlier recorded by Montreal fiddler Isidore Soucy in 1926 as "Quadrille canadien -- 1ère partie" In the late 1940's Don Messer and his band issued their recording of the same tune as "Pork and Beans, a translation of "Quadrille fèves au lard."

The first strain of "Reel boule de neige (1)" is also shared with the tune "Petite cocarde" printed in a rare volume by J.A. Boucher entitled Le Répertoire du Violoneux[1] (1993, No. 98, p. 48), although the second strains are different. The first strain also was used as the second strain of "Reel de mon grand-père (2), married to a different part. The same first strain may also be found in in Kerr's Merry Melodies vol. 4 (p. 46) where it is the first part of "Bridesmaid Schottische."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; p. 44, No. 61 (as "Bachelor's Reel"). Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 13. Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 75, p. 36.

Recorded sources : - Bluebird B-4882-a (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1933, as "Boules de neige"). Victor 263909 (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1933).<

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Hear Joseph Allard's 1932 recording on [2] and at the Virtual Gramophone [3]

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