Reel de Pâques

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X:1 T:Reel de Pâques N:From the playing of fiddler Isidore Soucy (1899-1962) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Bluebird B-4808a (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1936) D: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14617.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D A2d2f2|:b2 a^ga2 gf|[M:3/2]g2 g/a/g/f/ g2A2 c2c2|[M:C|]a2 ^ga b2a2|[M:3/2]f2 fg f/g/f A2d2f2| [M:C|]b2 a^ga2 gf|g2 g2g2 fg |abaf g2e2|1d2A2d2f2:|2 d2A2 defg|| |:afde fefg|afde f2g2|e2e2e2Af|gfed cdef| gfed c2c2|a2ga b2a2|1[M:3/2]f2 {g}fg {fg}f2 A2defg:|2 f2[d2f2][d2f2]A2d2f2||



REEL DE PÂQUES. AKA and see "Reel à Manda." French-Canadian, Reel (cut and 3/2 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB' Soucy researcher Jean Duval finds "Reel de Pâques" to be a version of the blackface minstrel song "Climbing Up the Golden Stairs," composed in 1882 by F. Heiser. Soucy's own "Reel à Manda" is another, somewhat different, version of the same melody[1].


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1963), 2017; No. 182, p. 92.

Recorded sources: - Bluebird B-4808a (78 RPM), Isidore Soucy (1936)

See also listing at:
Hear Isidore Soucy's 1936 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]



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  1. Jean Duval, "La Musique de Isidore Soucy 1899-1963", 2017, p. 215.