An Dro Nevez reel

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: An Dro Nevez
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:"Em"E2EE B2>B2|B2E2 "D"A2>A2|A2AB A2AF|1 G2F2 "Em"E2>D2:|2 G2F2 "Em"E2>F2||
|:"Em"G2B2 "D"A2AF|G2A2 "Em"EBEF|G2B2 "D"A2AF|1 G2F2 "Em"E2>F2:|2 G2F2 "Em"E2>B2||
|:"Em"B2B2 c2B2|"D"A2BA G2G2|"Em"E2EE B2cB|"D"F2FG A2BA|"D"F2FG A2BA|G2F2 "Em"E2>B2:|
2
X: 2
T: An Dro Nevez
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B/BB/|c>B AF GE E2|B2 A/B/c/A/ B2 FG|AB/A/ GF GE E2|B2 A/B/c/A/ BA FG|
AB/A/ GF GE E2|B>B BE A>A AA/B/|A>F GF E>E E2|B>B BE A>A AA/B/|
AF GF E>F GB|A>F GA E>F GB|A>F GF E>F GB|A2 G/E/F/D/ E2 B/B/B/B/|

Seven comments

An Dro Nevez

Breto Tune I found on a photocopied manuscript - no idea where it comes from

Re: An Dro Nevez

anyone have a source for this tune, please?
I would be very interested in (old)written sources…

The one by Swisspiper in in e, Stivell plays in c(not as written in e) and Outback in bb. I transcribed an other one in c by Gwendal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS-lh5OjemQ


An An Dro is not a Reel ofcourse…

Re: An Dro Nevez

aeLiXihr, THE database for Breton music songs and dances and stories is housed by the Dastum organisation with headquarters in Rennes and possibly elsewhere. Try your luck on their massive collection which is partly accessible online at;
https://www.dastum.bzh

By the way,
Today most trad musicians and bands like to cite the source of their music. Back in the 70’s some musicians and bands like Stivell or the French band Malicorne liked to keep an aura of mystery or organicity over their music. Which could be frustrating if you wanted an immediate answer but also had the ‘hidden’ advantage of sending you, the curious listener, on a quest…

Re: An Dro Nevez

(The Bothy Band’s original album cover for “Old Hag You’ve Killed Me” had the same sort of effect: it only listed the most graphic or colourful tune names in each set as titles for tracks. And it came with no sleeve notes. I guess it promoted sensory experience over conceptual classification.. ‘A music with Aura from a band with Attitude’ could sum this approach up)

Re: An Dro Nevez

An Dro Nevez is on the ground-breaking album Alan Stivell a l’Olympia. The tune is now widely known as An Dro Nevez, but I can find no earlier versions of it than that one, and on that album’s track list it is simply called An Dro, which is a type of Breton folk circle dance. “Nevez” is Breton for “new”. So that would be like playing a waltz and calling it Waltz. Although the album cover says that all tracks except for one song are “traditional”, I suspect that Alan wrote this tune.

Alan Stivell is renowned not only as a Celtic harp player but also as a strong proponent of the Breton language and culture. According to the extensive Wikipedia entry about him, at age 77 he is still active and has a website. I suspect that he has been asked about the tune’s origin many times, and has probably replied … in the Breton language.