Reel du carnaval

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X:1 T:Reel du carnaval T:Quadrille acadien S:Joseph Allard (1873-1947, Montreal, Que.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Victor 263543A, Joseph Allard (1928) F:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14571.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G dc|BdAB G2Bd|gdBG c2Bc|dBcA A2dc|BGdc A2dc| BdAB G2Bd|gdBG c2Bc|dBcA A2dc|1BGAF G2:|2 BGAF G3c|| |:Bdgf g3b|agbg agfe|daag a3b|agab g2dc| BGBd g3a|bgdB c2Bc|dBcA FAdc|1BdAF G3c:|2BdAF G2||



REEL DU CARNAVAL. AKA and see "Quadrille Acadien." French-Canadian, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard (1873-1947) recorded the tune twice: originally in 1928 under the title "Quadrille acadien" (Victor 263543), and again in 1937 as "Reel du carnaval." Allard researcher Jean Duval [1] finds a version of the reel in the recorded repertoire of Montreal fiddler Isidore Soucy under the title "Gigue indienne/Indian Gigue." Carmelle Bégin (1978) states that Allard learned the tune from his father, "Tenfant" Allard, which Duval takes to mean the tune was in general circulation among Quebec musicians in the latter 19th century. However, as Duval notes, the piece is derived from the popular and well-known hornpipe and reel "Cuckoo's Nest" tune family (see "Cuckoo (Hornpipe) (9) (The)") known throughout Britain and Ireland since the 18th century.

Jos Bouchard recorded a similarly titled, but musically different tune called "Reel Carnaval."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cuillerier (Joseph Allard), 1992; p. 25. Jean Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 11, p. 6.

Recorded sources: -Bluebird B-1123-a (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1865-1947). Dominion 48013, Le Famille Soucy - "Noël et le jour de l'an avec la famille Sourcy" (c. 1965). Philo ‎FI 2002, "Henri Landry" (1975). Universal/Demon, Henri Landry - "violoneux des cantons de l'Est/Fiddler from the Eastern Townships" (2006). Victor 263543A (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1928).

See also listing at:
Hear Joseph Allard's recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1], and on youtube.com [2]



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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947, 2018, p. 67.