Reel des ouvreirs

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X:1 T:Reel des Ouvrieres C:Joseph Allard M:2/4 L:1/16 Z:Transcribed by Bruce Osborne K:G (3DEF|G2BG dGBG|ABcd cBAG|Bdgd egdB|cBAG FADF|! G2BG dGBG|ABcd cBAG|Bdgd egdB|cAFA G2:|! |:ef|g2dg Bgdg|gabg agef|g2dg BgdB|cBAG Fdef|! g2dg Bgdg|gabg agef|gfga gfed|egfa g2:|!



REEL DES OUVRIERS (The Laborer’s Reel). AKA and see “Carpenter's Reel,” "Gigue des artisans," "Laborer's Reel (The)," "Reel de l'ouvrier," "Reel de Saint-Malo," "Reel des cartes," “Traveller (1) (The)],” “Walker Street.” French-Canadian, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The tune is well-know in the United States as "Walker Street," and, in Francis O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) as “Traveller (1) (The).” Comparing the titles, Kate Dunlay suggests that the "Traveler" title may stem from the French travailler, meaning 'to work' or 'labor'. Allard researcher Jean Duval (2018) notes that there are three recordings of tune by the Montreal fiddler: it was originally recorded in 1928 as "Reel des ouvriers," re-recorded in 1936 (with guitar accompaniment rather than piano, with Allard playing a Stroh violin) as "Reel des cartes," and in 1944 as "Reel de Saint-Malo/ St-Malo" (a reissue of the 1936 recording)[1]. See also Isidore Soucy's 'crooked' (irregular meter) version "Gigue des artisans," the title of which "is arguably a nod to Allard"[2].


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 24. Jean Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 3, p. 2.

Recorded sources : - Philo ‎Fl.2012, Jean Carignan ‎– "Jean Carignan Rend Hommage À Joseph Allard" (1976). Victor 263522-a (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1928).

See also listing at :
Hear Joseph Allard's 1928 recording on youtube.com [1]



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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947, 2018, p. 65 [2]
  2. ibid.