Gwez-Kren En Noz reel

Also known as Dans En Dro.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Gwez-Kren En Noz has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: Gwez-Kren En Noz
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
P:A
|:B2cd B2B2|A2G2 AGF2|B2cd B2B2|A2GA F4:|
P:B
|:E2FG A2A2|F2GA BAB=c|B2AG F2EF|B2AG FAAB|
E2FG A2A2|F2GA B3=c|B2AG FAAB|1 GEFD EBBG:|2 GEFD E2BB||
P:C
B2cd B2A2|B2cd B3B .|Bdcd B2A2|B2cd B2AB||
P:D
E2FG A2=c2|B2AG FGFE|B2BB G2AG|FEDE F2EF|
B2BB G2AG|FEFG EBBB .|=c2B2 G2BG|FEDE FFEF|
B2BB G2AG|"*"FEFG E3B||"*3rd time:"FEFD B2BB|G2AG FEFG||
P:C
|:B2cd B2A2|B2cd B3B|Bdcd B2A2|B2cd B2AB:|
# Added by cac .

Three comments

Gwez-Kren En Noz (Dans En Dro)

This is a transcription of a tune composed by Jean-Michel Veillon which he plays on his album E Koad Nizan. The title Gwez-Kren En Noz translates literally as ‘trees-shivering in night’ with gwez-kren being the Breton term for ‘(quaking) aspens’ [Lat. populus tremula, a species of poplar]; a less literal translation might be ‘Poplar trees shimmering in the night’. Many parts of the tune exhibit the Breton singing style called Kan ha diskan (call and response) which is used to accompany dancing. In this style, a lead singer sings a phrase which is then ‘echoed’, often with variation and sometimes with slight differences in structure, by the other singers. An example of this style where there is a slight variation in the ‘response’ may be seen in the C part. An example where the introduction (here the notes ‘E2FG A’) is omitted in the response is seen in part D, where in addition a measure is left out in the response. I have indicated the division between the call and the response with a dotted line in these two examples (in the score on thesession this appears as a dot above the barline). On the CD, Jean-Michel plays the parts ABCD three times, and the third time inserts an extra measure before going into the ending, which is the C part looped a number times and gradually fading out.

There are at least two other recordings of the tune which are readily available. The first is a live performance with the Irish flute player Emer Mayock and has a rich amount of melodic variation and improvisation (https://pipers.ie/source/media/?galleryId=198&mediaId=4622). The second is by Emer Mayock on her second CD, Playground. In these two versions, the extra measure is not played.

This transcription has benefitted immensely from discussion and demonstration by the composer and ought to be understood as a joint effort although I am the one who is responsible for any errors. I would like to thank Mr Veillon for his generosity. Chet

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Re: Gwez-Kren En Noz

and a nice intro from Veillon on the Na Píobairí Uilleann archive video noted above

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