sábado, 10 de fevereiro de 2007

French Canadian

Bem, tem certos textos e coleções de links que eu acho que deveriam ser preservados. O seguinte e-mail do Winslow (de novo!) é um desses exemplos.

Aliás, o segundo exemplo, no meu ver, é a melodia de "Tem gato na tuba", vcs não acham?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Winslow Yerxa
Date: 10-Feb-2007 03:21
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] French Canadian Harp
To: harp-l

-- James wrote:

> The previous discussion about French Canadian Harp Players. Can
> anyone provide me with more information about players, music sites
> anything would be appreciated.

Ok, let's start with a website I put up for the purpose:


Then you can listen to hundreds of historical folk recordings at the Virtual Gramophone website courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

I'd also suggest if you want to listen to some of the more current trad harmonica being played, browsing through Thirty Below's online catalog:


You can browse the vast collections at the Virtual Gramophone, or you can take this little guided tour through some of the harmonica highlights of not only the Virtual Gramophone but also the holdings of the Bibliothèque Nationale de Québec At the Virtual Gramophone:


You can do a search or browse through alphabetical lists by artist or title of old 78 rpm records and listen or download (the mp3 format files are downloadable).

There is another archive, not as large but containing things that are omitted in the Virtual Gramophone. The Virtual Gramophone is hosted by Library and Archives Canada, while the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales de Québec (BNQ) has its own archive of online 78s:


Here are some of the historical Québécois harmonica artists I would recommend:

  • Louis Blanchette
  • Mary Bolduc (aka Madame Bolduc, Mme. Edouard Bolduc, la Bolduc)
  • Henri Lacroix
  • Joseph Lalonde
  • Adélard St-Louis

=====Here are some specific recordings:

===Adélard St-Louis
=La petite Hélène (St-Louis accompanying Boromée Bernaquez)
Listen to St-Louis' rhythmic chording. You may recognize this as a version of the Jenny Lind Polka.

=Marche des braves (St-Louis)
A bravura performance, using a diatonic-tuned chromatic

===Louis Blanchette
=Reel de Bagot (Blanchette)
A very different take on the Jenny Lind Polka

=Reel des noces d'or (Blanchette)
This is one of Louis Blanchette's most famous tunes, probably an original. This and others are not available at the Virtual Gramophone for copyright reasons. One that is hidden at the site, Reel des Finacailles, is remarkable for the fact that he alternates complementary mini-lines out of the right and left sides of his mouth:

Louis Blanchette's recordings are not all that numerous and I would encourage you to listen to all of them. Many are uniquely crooked versions of tunes well-known in Québécois and celtic traditions.

===Mary Bolduc
=La bouteille de rhum (Eugène Daignault)
accompanied by Mme. Bolduc on harmonica and a fiddler - listen to how she augments the fiddler's melody with chords.

A couple of Mme. Bolduc's rare instrumental recordings:

=Valse Denise (Mary Bolduc)

=Reel de la Goelette (Mary Bolduc)

A couple of Mme. Bolduc's vocal performances with some harmonica:

=Le sauvage du nord http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/13570.mp3
=La Bastringue http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14421.mp3

===Henri Lacroix
=Paul Jones
A Paul Jones in Québec alternates two dances (in this case a waltz and a grand chain). This may be the first Paul Jones ever recorded, and is the best version of the three that Lacroix committed to wax. Listen to his chording technique and how he uses staccato in combination with chording. The Grand Chain tune is a Scottish pipe tune called the Barren Rocks of Aden. I don't know the identity of the waltz.

=Quadrille Francais http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/13937.mp3
Lacroix' energetic take on My Love is But a Lassie Yet, with a cool chromatically descending bass line in the left hand of the piano.

= Reel à quatre (accompanying John Lajoie)
In Québec this is not called a jig; it's a six-huit (literally, six-eight - the time signature). Lacroix starts out on bird whistle then switches to harmonica. Switching back and forth among harmonica, jaw harp, and bird whistle was something that both he and Mary Bolduc often did when accompanying.

=Buck Reel de Cascapedia
A rare harmonica duet, with higher-pitched tremolo (probably Lacroix)
and a lower-pitched single-reed harmonica playing chords and melody.
Don't who the other harmonica player is, though the record is credited to one Félix Picotte and not to Lacroix at all.

=Le Bucheron (the lumberjack)
Marvellous staccato technique

=Buck de papier
Cheeky ragtime-like piece with banjo

===Joseph Lalonde Born in 1860 and playing in public by 1872, Lalonde did not record until 1926 after his return from several decades in Chicago.

=Gigue double

=Jigues: potpourri. 2ème partie

=Jigues: potpourri, 1ère partie

===Pit Paré
=Clog Dance
An early example of fourth position.

===Tommy Duchesne
Duchesne was an accordionist and bandleader who often used harmonica subtly to reinforce both accordion and fiddle, sometimes at the octave, with an occasional solo spot.

=Quadrille du Canada

=Valse Denise

===Fortunat Savard Quadrille des Montagnards http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f7/14599.mp3
Compare this with the same tune played on accordion by Donat Lafleur, but with a third part added, borrowed from the song "Vive la Canadienne"

===Donat Lafleur
=La Tounne (the tune)


2 comentários:

  1. Tinha erro mesmo na seção, e escapou da minha verificação.

    Tenho umas propostas pra vc te mando um e-mail depois, valeu pela força e pelo toque.


    Ahhh vc vai só na quinta lá no encontro?