Sir Wilfrid Laurier March

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SIR WILFRID/WILFRED LAURIER MARCH. AKA - "Marche Sir Wilfrid Laurier." French-Canadian, March (6/8 or 12/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB' (Hinds): AA'BB'C (Carlin). "Good for 48 bar Canadian square figures” (Hinds). The tune was recorded in December, 1928, in Montreal by fiddler Joseph Allard and issued in 1929 as "Marche Sir Wilfrid Laurier." According to Allard researcher Jean Duval, Jean Carignan claimed to have heard his mentor Joseph Allard's father, Tenfant Allard, play this piece at the age of 99 (in 1938), suggesting to Duval that Joseph Allard is not the composer of this march[1]. Sir Wilfrid Laurier was Prime Minister of Canada from 1896-1911, and died in 1919, prior to Joseph Allard's moving back to Canada from the United States, notes Duval.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Jean Carignan (Montreal, Canada) [Hinds].

Printed sources : - Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 99, p. 62. Jean Duval (La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947), 2018; No. 21, p. 11. Hinds/Hebert (Grumbling Old Woman), 1981; p. 21.

Recorded sources: -Philo PH2012, "Jean Carignan rend hommage a Joseph Allard." Victor 263578 (78 RPM), Joseph Allard (1928, as "Marche Sir Wilfrid Laurier"). Voyager 370, Frank Ferrel - "Classic Down East Fiddle Music" (1975).



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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947, 2018, p. 68.