Reel de mon maton (Le)

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X:1 T:Reel de mon maton, Le S:Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Montreal, Que.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Victor 263657b (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1929) F:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/12810.mp3s Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:cC "*"e3d cBcA|GAGF EGFE|DGBG dGBG|DGBd gagf| e2 ed cBcA|GAGF EGFE|DGBG dGBG|1cedB c2Gc:|2ced>B c2|| K:G |:Bc|d2{e}dc defg| d2{e}dc defg|B3c BAGA|{c}BABc BAGB| d2{e}dc defg| d2{e}dc defg|abag fdef|g2{a}gf g2:| K:C AB|:c2ec gc^fa|{ga}g2ec BcdB| c2ec gc^fa|{ga}g2ec gcAB:| P:Substitutions: "*"eGed cBcA||



REEL DE MON MATON, LE. AKA - "Reel de mon matou (Le)" (My cat's reel), "Reel du coq d'or," "Reel de Capland," "Reel du régiment," "Reel du maton." AKA and see "Mother's Reel," "Reel du matonen." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBCC. Allard researcher Jean Duval expertly unravels this tangle of reels, which begin with Allard's 1929 recording of the tune under the title "Reel de mon maton." First, Duval finds that, while Maton is a family name found in various parts of Quebec, the title may have been the result of a spelling error on the part of the recording company. In researching the Victor recording notes of August 7, 1929, he finds the original title was "Le reel de mon matou" (My cat's reel)[1]. Allard's recording was reissued in 1942 during World War II as "Reel du régiment").

Allard re-recorded the reel in July, 1941, released as "Reel du maton." As "Mother's Reel", the melody was recorded by Canadian radio and TV fiddler Don Messer, itself covered occasionally by American fiddlers. Fiddler Isidore Soucy (1899-1962) recorded versions as "Reel du coq d'or" in 1955, and "Reel de Capland" in 1940[2].


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 40, p. 21.

Recorded sources : - Victor 263657b (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1929).

See also listing at :
Hear Joseph Allard's 1929 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]



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  1. Jean Duval, "La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947", 2018, p. 71.
  2. ibid.