The Grumbling Old Man And Woman reel

Also known as Chicaneuse, The Disputant, Disputeuse, Growlin’ Old Man And Growlin’ Old Woman, Growling And Grumbling, Growling Old Man & Old Woman, Growling Old Man & Woman, Growling Old Man And Cackling Old Woman, Growling Old Man And Grumbling Old Woman, The Growling Old Man And The Cackling Old Lady, The Growling Old Man And The Cackling Old Woman, The Growling Old Man And The Grumbling Old Woman, Growling Old Man And Woman, The Growling Old Man And Woman, Growling Old Man Grumbling Old Woman, Growling Old Man, Grumbling Old Woman, The Growling Old Man, Growly Old Man And Grumbly Old Woman, Grumblin’ Old Man & Growlin’ Old Woman, Grumbling And Growling Old Man And Woman, Grumbling Old Man, The Grumbling Old Man And The Grumbling Old Woman, LA Disputeuse, La Grondeuse, La Marmotteuse, Le Bonhomme Et La Bonne Femme Chicaneux, The Old Man And The Old Woman.

There are 32 recordings of this tune.

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The Grumbling Old Man And Woman has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Grumbling Old Man And Woman has been added to 232 tunebooks.

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Four settings

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X: 1
T: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
CA,EA, CA,EA,|B,G,DG, B,G,DG,|CA,EA, CA,EA,|1 B,A,G,B, A,2A,B,:|2 B,A,G,B, A,2z2||
e2ed ^cdef|g2gf ed^cd|efed ^cded|eaa^g a2ef|
=gfed ^cdef|g2ge dBGB|=c2Bc AGEF|GEDB, A,2A,B,||
# Added by SPeak .
2
X: 2
T: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A,2 CA, EA,CA,|G,2, B,G, DG, B,G,|A,2 CA, EA, CA,|1 B,A,G,B, A,2A,B,:|2 B,A,G,B, A,2z2||
efed cdef|gedc BG Gz |efed cdef|ea{b}a^g a2ef|
=gfed cdef|gedc BGAB|(3=cBA BG AGEF|GFED B,A, A,2||
# Added by drone .
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X: 3
T: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(A,B,) |:A,2 (A,C)EA, CE|DG,B,D GDB,G, |A,2 (A,C) EA, CE |[1
DG, B,D A,2 (A,B,) :|[2DG, B,D A,2 (cd) ::efed cdef |ged=c (BG) G2 |
ef ed cd ec |(ea) (a^g) a2 (ef) |gfed cdef |ged=c (BG) G2 |
=cABG AG ED |[1GE DB, A,2 (cd) :|[2GE DB, A,2 z2 :|
4
X: 4
T: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:GEBE GEBE|FDAD FDAD|GEBE GEBE| FEDF E2EF|
GEBE GEBE|FDAD FDAD|GEBE GEBE| FEDF E2z2||
|:B2BA ^GABc|d2dc BA^GA|BcBA ^GABA|Bee^d e2Bc|
=dcBA ^GABc|d2dB AFDF|=G2FG EDBc|dBAF E2EF||
# Added by JACKB .

Ten comments

This French-Canadian tune is a staple in the New England repertoire. It is most commonly played for contra dancing.

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Grumbling old man & …

This tune does turn up every month or so at sessions around me. Can be nice if played with a good swingy rhythm, it can also be a great time to go to the bathroom if it’s played without swing. I guess that’s true of any tune. Beware - this tune is fun & the audience loves it, but it can be a yawn for other musicians if you play it too much. Again - I guess that goes for every other tune, it just seems more-so with this one.

Another version in Amix

Here’s a nice version in Amix, which adds another colour to it altogether.

X: 1
T: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
A,2 CA, EA,CA,|G,2, B,G, DG, B,G,|A,2 CA, EA, CA,|1 B,A,G,B, A,2A,B,:|2 B,A,G,B, A,2z2||
efed cdef|gedc BG Gz |efed cdef|ea{b}a^g a2ef|
=gfed cdef|gedc BGAB|(3=cBA BG AGEF|GFED B,A, A,2||

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Another version from PEI

After looking at your first turn, I can see why you might find it a little dull. Try this version, it’s a lot more fun.

X:1 %Music
T:Growling Old Man and Old Woman PEI Version %Tune name
C: %Tune composer
N:Transcribed:K. Dau-Schmidt %Tune infos
Q:1/4=120 %Tempo
V:1 %
%!STAVE 0 ” @
%!INSTR ‘…’ 0 0 @
M:4/4 %Meter
L:1/8 %
K:D
(A,B,) |:A,2 (A,C)EA, CE|DG,B,D GDB,G, |A,2 (A,C) EA, CE |[1
DG, B,D A,2 (A,B,) :|[2DG, B,D A,2 (cd) ::efed cdef |ged=c (BG) G2 |
ef ed cd ec |(ea) (a^g) a2 (ef) |gfed cdef |ged=c (BG) G2 |
=cABG AG ED |[1GE DB, A,2 (cd) :|[2GE DB, A,2 z2 :|
%End of file

I hope this works for you. This is the first time I have tried to export one of my note tunes as an abc file. If it doesn’t work, leave a message and I’ll try again.

Grumbling

Here’s an example of a tune whose name matters: It forces you to hear -and play, of course- in a certain way. Program music has always helped keeping or building the rapport with the audience.

Most of the English titles are bowdlerized / made politically correct and are far too long as a result.

The usual name of the tune in Québec is "La grondeuse" - no men involved. There is a roughly equivalent English tune name, and who knows, "La grondeuse" might be a translation of it: The Scolding Wife.

The Grumbling Old Man And Woman, X:4

Pipe friendly version

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Re: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman

What’s the usual structure of this tune? X:1 and X:2 show it as having a repeated 4-bar A part and a non-repeated 8-bar B part - 16 bars in all. X:3 and X:4 repeat the B part - making it a 24-bar tune.

Since a lot of dances are based on a 32-bar sequence, would this have a ‘double repeat’ in the A, or would it be played as 16 bars - twice if necessary? 24 bars would be a bit unusual. Any callers out there who can advise?

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Re: The Grumbling Old Man And Woman

In the book "Danse ce soir - Fiddle and Accordion Music of Quebec" by Laurie Hart, the French alternative title is Le Bonhomme Et La Bonne Femme Chicaneux, with the English equivalent (printed there) being "The Growling Old Man and the Grumbling Old Woman."

In my own circles, it’s just known as the "Growling Old Man and Woman," so it’s shrunk over time.

In that book, there is a notable difference, with the woman’s (high) part being the A section, with the man’s part being the B section.

Source:

https://books.google.com/books?id=wJOT1Gg_o6UC&pg=PA109&lpg=PA109&dq=Le+bonhomme+et+la+bonne+femme+chicaneux&source=bl&ots=QuIPBqEvzQ&sig=ACfU3U2cUzmZD6oQ03UPaf6RJDIOAE_lTw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwieyomop57pAhWSrJ4KHSafB_kQ6AEwDnoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=Le%20bonhomme%20et%20la%20bonne%20femme%20chicaneux&f=false

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