La Mal-Aimable waltz

Also known as La Mal Aimable, Le Mal Aimable, Le Mal-Aimable, Le Petit-Déjeuner, P’tit Déj.

La Mal-Aimable has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: La Mal-Aimable
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:"Am"e2 c2 B2|"F"A2 FA Bc|"G"B2 GB cd|"Cmaj7"e2 Be Be|
"Am"e2 c2 B2|"F" A2 FA Bc|"G"B2 GB cd|"Em/E"B6:|
"Fmaj7"c2 Ac Ac|"F"f2 cf cf|"Cmaj7"B2 GB GB|"Em"e2 Be Be|
"Fmaj7"A2 FA FA|"Dm"d2 Ad Ad|"Em7"B2 EB cd|"Emaj7"B4 AB|
"Fmaj7"c2 Ac Ac|"F"f2 cf cf|"Cmaj7"B2 GB GB|"Em"e2 Be Be|
"Fmaj7"A2 FA FA|"Dm"d2 Ad Ad|"Em7"B2 EB cB|"Am"A6|
2
X: 2
T: La Mal-Aimable
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:"Bm"f2 d2 c2|"G"B2 GB cd|"A"c2 Ac de|"Dmaj7"f2 cf cf|
"Bm"f2 d2 c2|"G" B2 GB cd|"A"c2 Ac de|"Fm/F"c6:|
"Gmaj7"d2 Bd Bd|"G"g2 dg dg|"Dmaj7"c2 Ac Ac|"Fm"f2 cf cf|
"Gmaj7"B2 GB GB|"Em"e2 Be Be|"Fm7"c2 Fc de|"Fmaj7"c4 Bc|
"Gmaj7"d2 Bd Bd|"G"g2 dg dg|"Dmaj7"c2 Ac Ac|"Fm"f2 cf cf|
"Gmaj7"B2 GB GB|"Em"e2 Be Be|"Fm7"c2 Fc dc|"Bm"B6|

Fourteen comments

Re: La Mal-Aimable

Seems to work in Em

%%landscape
X:1
T:La mal-aimable
C:Jean-Christophe Lequerré
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:Emin
B2G2F2|E2 CE FG|F2 DF GA|B2 FB FB|
B2 (3GAG (3FGF|E2 CE FG|F2 DF GA|F6:|
G2 EG EG|c2 Gc Gc|F2 DF DF|B2 FB FB|
E2 CE CE|A2 EA EA|F2 BF BF|A2 (3GAG (3FGF|
GE EG EG|cG Gc Gc|FD DF DF|BF FB FB|
E2 CE CE|A2 EA EA|F2 B,F GF|E6||

Re: La Mal-Aimable

Does anyone know where I can find the chords for this written down over the melody line in sheet music? In C

Re: La Mal-Aimable

Aaaagh! Should’ve checked. There’s a typo in the score linked above: the Cm7 in the 1st-time bar of the B part was meant to be a Cmaj7. I’ll change it asap. Of course, whether it’s any better is a matter for your artistic judgement.

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Re: La Mal-Aimable

See above. Error now corrected.

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Re: La Mal-Aimable

I added some chords I like to use while playing it on the piano
|:"Am"e2 c2 B2|"F"A2 FA Bc|"G"B2 GB cd|"Cmaj7"e2 Be Be|
"Am"e2 c2 B2|"F" A2 FA Bc|"G"B2 GB cd|"Em/E"B6:|
"Fmaj7"c2 Ac Ac|"F"f2 cf cf|"Cmaj7"B2 GB GB|"Em"e2 Be Be|
"Fmaj7"A2 FA FA|"Dm"d2 Ad Ad|"Em7"B2 EB cd|"Emaj7"B4 AB|
"Fmaj7"c2 Ac Ac|"F"f2 cf cf|"Cmaj7"B2 GB GB|"Em"e2 Be Be|
"Fmaj7"A2 FA FA|"Dm"d2 Ad Ad|"Em7"B2 EB cB|"Am"A6|

Re: La Mal-Aimable

Any ideas how you’d translate the name in English?

Re: La Mal-Aimable

Literally yes. For me it means "the rude" or "the impolite". You won’t hear that word outside of books. I’m a native speaker but from Belgium, so maybe they understand it differently in France.

Note that written like this "la malle aimable"
It means "the kind trunk", not sure the pun was intended though :p

Re: La Mal-Aimable

It translates from the French to "The Unkind"

Re: La Mal-Aimable

I wonder if the composer meant this to be a waltz or a mazurka?

When I listen to folks play it, they tend to play it like a waltz (for example, Paul Young’s beautiful rendition on button box on Youtube). But, when I look at the "dots," the tune looks like it could have started off in the mind of its composer as a mazurka.

Anyone know how the composer might classify this piece as one or the other genre?

Re: La Mal-Aimable

You’re right, I can make it sound nicely as a mazurka too. But I think it’s always been a waltz as I can’t find a source mentioning the opposite.