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VALSE LOUISE. AKA and see "Valse Aldor", "Aldor's Waltz." French-Canadian, Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB'.

Aldor Morin

Composed by caller, step-dancer and harmonica player Aldor Morin (1921-1998) in the 1950's. Lisa Ornstein reveals that Morin probably recorded on 78's with his brother Oscar but eventually became part of the "Famille Soucy" (Isidore Soucy), playing in the 1960's for the television series "Chez Isidore," originating in Montreal, and at the Trinidad Ballroom (Montreal) on Saturday evenings. She states the true name of the waltz is "Valse Louise," and that the "Valse Aldor" title was popularized by accordion player Philippe Bruneau (who subbed on occasion for regular Rene Allain in the "Famille Soucy").

Source for notated version: Last Gaspé Band (Madison, Wisconsin) via Elke Baker [Matthiesen].

Printed sources: Matthiesen (Waltz Book II), 1995; pp. 64-65.

Recorded sources: Fresh Fish - "Turning of the Tide." Mérite Records, " 20 tounes à l'harmonica" (various artists).

See also listing at:
Eric Lortie's Identitairs Québécois [1]




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