Valse de Pointe Noire

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VALSE DE POINTE NOIRE (Black Point Waltz). Cajun, Waltz. USA, southwestern Louisiana. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A(Vocal)AA(Vocal)ABB(Vocal)A(Vocal)ABB(Vocal)ABB. Raymond Francois (1990) remarks that Pointe Noire, which lies near the present-day community of Richard, was named for a point of woods that looks dark or black when viewed from the north, near the site of an old forge. "The area had a reputation for some terrible knife fights in the old days; it was the sort of place where you visit only if you were invited. This area produced many fine musicians." See also the several related versions of "Valse de Kaplan (1)" (Kaplan Waltz).

The tune was recorded in 1929 by accordion player Angelas LeJeune, fiddlers Dennis McGee and Ernest Fruge, and released on the Brunswick label.

Source for notated version: Angelas LeJeune (La.) [Francois].

Printed sources: Francois (Yé Yaille, Chère!), 1990; pp. 260-261.

Recorded sources: Brunswick 370 (78RPM), Angelas LeJeune (1929). Records OT-114, Angelas LeJeune.

See also listing at:
Hear Angelas LeJeune's 1929 recording on youtube.com [1]




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