Annotation:Reel des Jeunes Mariés (Le)

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REEL DES JEUNES MARIÉS, LE. AKA and see “Newly Weds' Reel (The).” French-Canadian, New England; Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Miller & Perron): AABBA'A'BB (Page). "Le Reel des jeunes mariés" was recorded in 1931 (released in Jan., 1932) by harmonica player Louis Blanchette (1905-1969), who produced several marriage-themed reels among his many recordings in the 78 RPM era, among them "Reel des noces de diamant" (Diamond Wedding Reel, 1936), "Reel des noces d'argent" (Silver Wedding Reel, 1935), "Reel des fiançailles" (Betrothal Reel, 1932), and "Reel des noces d'or" (Golden Wedding Reel, 1935). The second part of Blanchette's "Reel des jeunes mariés" is 'crooked' or irregular, and was 'made square' for New England contra dancing in the 1960's, perhaps by musician and dance caller Ralph Page, and this is the version almost universally played today.
In his book "Reels et Jigs de Ches Nous," Adrien Avon claims a copyright to this tune, dated 1945. This may only refer to his arrangement of the tune, with three-part harmony in the second part.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Bain (50 Fiddle Solos), 1989; p. 27. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddlers Repertoire), 1983; No. 161. Page (Ralph Page Book of Contras), 1969; p. 9. Avon (Reels et Jigs de Chez Nous), 1961; p. 3.

Recorded sources: - Carnaval C-460, Louis Blanchette - "Musique à Bouche, vol.2." County CO-CD-2729, Art Stamper - "Goodbye Girls I'm Going to Boston" (2000). F&W Records 5, Canterbury Country Orchestra - "Mistwold." Great Meadow Music, The Moving Violations - "Faster than a Walk" (2001). John Edwards Memorial Foundation JEMF-105, Louis & Wilfred Beaudoin - "New England Traditional Fiddling" (1978). Philo 1051, Boys of the Lough (with Leo Beaudoin) - "Good Friends, Good Music" (1977). Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40126, Northern Spy – “Choose Your Partners!: Contra Dance & Square Dance Music of New Hampshire” (1999). Starr 15852 (78 RPM), Louis Blanchette (1932). Kristin Gitler & David Goldman - "Tunes Twice Stitched" (2012). Topic Records, Vin Garbutt - "Tossin' a Wobbler" (1978).

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Hear Blanchette's 1932 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]

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