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VALSE DES NATIONS. French-Canadian, Waltz. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB' (Carlin): AA'BB"A"A"'B" (Begin). This piece was recorded by French-Canadian accordion great Alfred Montmarquette [1] (1871-1944) on a 78 RPM disk in 1931. The tune is frequently played at Quebecois sessions, having been popularized in more modern times by harmonica player Gabriel Labbé (harmonica) and accordion player Sabin Jacques.

Alfred Montmarquette

Source for notated version: French-Canadian button accordion player Philippe Bruneau (Québec) [Begin].

Printed sources: Bégin (Phillipe Bruneau), 1993; No. 18, p. 29. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 88, p. 57.

Recorded sources: Starr 15802 (78 RPM), Alfred Montmarquette (1931).

See also listing at:
Eric Lortie's Identitairs Québécois [2]
Hear the waltz played on accordion on youtube [3]
Another accordion version [4]
Hear Alfred Montmarquette's 1931 recording at the Virtual Gramophone [5]

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