Reel du cassé-tête

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X:1 T:Reel du cassé-tête T:Reel du vanneur N:From the playing of Joseph Allard (1899-1963, Quebec), N:under the pseudonym Maxime Toupin M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14823.mp3 D:Bluebird B-4902a (78 RPM), Maxime Toupin (1933) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Bb B2df bagf|gagf =edcA|BBdf bagf|gagf gab2:| BBdB fBdB|AAcA eAcA|BBdB fBdf|egfe dB B2| FBdB fBdB| AAcA eAcA|BBdB fBdf|egfe dB/B/ B2||



REEL DU CASSÉ-TÊTE (Puzzle Reel). AKA - "Reel du vanneur." French-Canadian, Reel (cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Allard researcher Jean Duval identifies "Reel du cassé-tête" as a version of the Irish reel "Old Pidgeon on the Gate"[1]. He also points out the sharped 4th ('e') in the first strain gives the piece a brief Lydian mode character[2]. Allard recorded the tune twice: first, in March, 1931 as "Reel du vanneur" for Victor [Victor 263802a], and again in 1933 for Victor's subsidiary label, Bluebird Records, under his pseudonym 'Maxime Toupin'. The title on the Bluebird release was "Reel du cassé-tête."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Jean Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 61, p. 30.

Recorded sources: - Bluebird B-4902a (78 RPM), Maxime Toupin (1933)

See also listing at:
Hear Joseph Allard/Maxime Toupin's 1933 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [1]



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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947, 2018, p. 74.
  2. ibid