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VALSE PHILIPPE. AKA and see “Hommage à Philippe Bruneau,” “Valse Americain (La).” French-Canadian, Waltz. G Major (‘A’ part) & E Minor (‘B’ part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Composed with the melodeon in mind by Gilles Losier (of New Brunswick, and Montréal, Québec) as a tribute to Philippe Bruneau (1934-2011). Losier prefers his own title for the tune, “La Valse à Philippe,” although the name “Hommage à Philippe Bruneau” seems to enjoy considerable currency (and is also used to refer a better-known tune composed by accordion player Guy Loyer, “Hommage à Philippe Bruneau (2)”). On Losier’s 1984 recording there are words to the tune by Leonard Forest that employ old Acadian French. Matthiesen (1995) says the tune has surfaced in France as “Valse Americain (La)” (correct French spelling La Valse américaine).

Source for notated version: Transcribed from the LP Salut, Belle Acadie

Printed sources: Matthiesen (Waltz Book II), 1995; p. 70.

Recorded sources: Amical AMI-2001, Gilles Losier - "Salut, Belle Acadie" (c. 1984).

Hear the tune played by Sabin Jacques on melodeon, accompanied by the composer, Gilles Losier, on YouTube.com [1].


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