La Sansonette reel

Also known as New French Schottishe.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

La Sansonette has been added to 1 tune set.

La Sansonette has been added to 70 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

1
X: 1
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:A2A2 G3F|EGFE D2A,2|DEFG A2AB|c2B2 A4|
A2A2 G3F|EGFE D2A,2|DEFG A2 AG|F2E2 D4:|
|:A2 GA _BAGA|A2 GA _BAGA|E3 _B BAGA|E3 _B BAGA|
A2 GA _BAGA|A2 GA _BAGA|E3 _B BAGA|F2E2 D4:|
2
X: 2
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A2 ^GA =GAFA|EGFE DA,A,D |DEFG (3 ABA GA|c2 d2 A2 (3AAA|
A2 ^GA =GAFA|EGFE DA,A,D |DEFG (3 ABA GF|EFGA DA (3AAA:|
|:A2 FA _BFAB|A2 FA _BFAB|E3 A _BFAB|E3 A _BFAB|
FA FA _BFAB|FAFA _BFAB|E_BAG FGEF|DEFA DA (3AAA:|
3
X: 3
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 _B=B ABGB|FAGF EGFE |EFGA (3 BcB AB|d2 e2 B2 (3BBB|
B2 _B=B ABGB|FAGF EGFE |EFGA (3 BcB AG|FGAB EB (3BBB:|
B2 GB cGBc|B2 GB cGBc|F3 B cGBc|F3 B cGBc|
GB GB cGBc|GBGB cGBc|FcBA GAFG|EFGB EB (3BBB:|
4
X: 4
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|: A2 ^GA =GF- F2 | E>GFE D4 | DEFG A2 GA | c2 B2 A4 |
A2 ^GA =GF- F2 | E>GFE D4 | DEFG A2 GF | EFGA D4 :|
|: A2 FA BFAB | A/B/A FA BFAB | E2- EA BEAB | A2 EA BEAB |
[1 A2 FA BFAB | ADFA B2 AE- | EBAG FGFE | DEFE D4 :|
[2 A2 DF BDFB | ADF/G/A B/c/B AE- | EBAG FGFE | DEFE D4 |]
5
X: 5
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B2 ^AB =AG- G2 | F>AGF E4 | EFGA B2 ^AB | d2 c2 B4 |
B2 ^AB =A2 G2 | F>AGF E3 _E | EFGA B3 E | FB^AB E4 :|
|: B2 GB c3 G | B/c/B GB cGBc | F3 B cFBc | B2 FB cFBc |
[1 B2 GB cGBc | BEGB c2 BF- | FcBA GAGF | EFGF E4 :|
[2 B/c/B EG cEGc | BEG/A/B c/d/c BF- | FcBA G3 F | E^DGB E4 |]
6
X: 6
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: BB A3G | F/G/A/B/ E2 | E/F/G/A/ BA/B/ | de B2 |
BB A3G | F/G/A/B/ E2 | E/F/G/A/ BA/G/ | F/G/A/B/ E2 :||
|: BG/B/ c/G/B/c/ | BG/B/ c/G/B/c/ | F3B c/F/B/c| F3B c/F/B/c/ |
BG/B/ c/G/B/c/ | BG/B/ c/G/B/c/ | F3B c/B/A/G/ | F/G/A/F/ E2 :||
|: BG/B/ c/B/A/G/ |F/E/D/F/ AF| BG/B/ c/B/A/G/ |F/E/D/F/ E2 |
BG/B/ c/B/A/G/ |F/E/D/F/ AF |G/F/E/G/ F/E/D/F/|E2 E2:||
# Added by JACKB .
7
X: 7
T: La Sansonette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B3B A3G | FAGF E3B, | EFGA B2GB | d2^cd B3A |
B3B A3G | FAGF EDB,D | EFGA B2AG | FAGF EFGA :|
|: B2GB cGBc | B2GB cGBc | F2FB cFBc | F2FB cFBc |
B2GB cGBc | B2GB cGBc | FcBA GAGF | EFGF EFGA :|

Twenty-five comments

Les Poules Huppees

I was just glancing through the archives and I saw that the 3/8 bourree,"Les Poules Huppees" had been posted.Here’s a 4/4 version that I picked up in Belgium.

This tune is called La Sansonette and it is a classic scottische from central France. Original tonality is g-minor.

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Source Aisdair White
via dots from Vanessa Loerkens of Elandir fame

Sorry for typo!
Alasdair is known also as the fiddler of the Battlefield Band.

Alasdair White

Alasdair is also a super guy and very modest.

I was at a session up in Stornoway (Isle of Lewis, Scotland) last August and this red haired chap came and sat next to me. It soon became obvious that this guy could play, but rather than becoming the tune hog decribed in another current thread, he quietly asked some of his neighbours if they knew such and such tunes - when some common ground was reached, away we went.

A lot of the locals knew him (he’s from Lewis himself), so I foolishly asked him if he played in a local band or anything - he replied that he did most of his playing down in Edinburgh these days, and only when I pressed him, did he mention his Battlefield Band involvment! Also invited me to call him if I was in Edinburgh, to play some tunes, and take me through some others.

Great lad, great sense of humour (oh, and can he sup some ale??!!)

Yes indeed Domnull, and an absolutely deadly player. He came across to Ullapool from Lewis for the annual tune in the Arch on the 2nd. A very drunken but tuneful affair.

Whistle friendly version

K:G
B2 _B=B ABGB|FAGF EGFE |EFGA (3 BcB AB|d2 e2 B2 (3BBB|
B2 _B=B ABGB|FAGF EGFE |EFGA (3 BcB AG|FGAB EB (3BBB:|
B2 GB cGBc|B2 GB cGBc|F3 B cGBc|F3 B cGBc|
GB GB cGBc|GBGB cGBc|FcBA GAFG|EFGB EB (3BBB:|

I met these guys on a bus somewhere between Belfast and Dundalk (my hometown) when the train was aaah discouraged from travelling (this was the late ‘70’s and bombs on the line were a regular occurrence). We struck up a session at the back of the bus and several bottles were opened. The snow-storm became a blizzard and the trip took hours - some of the best of my life. WHAT a session we had.
To end it I approached the bus driver who was blindly following the other buses in front. I asked to be let off as I was 100m from home and the train station (end point) was another mile. We crashed into the bus in front and I think another crashed into our rear. - Doors opened, I sprang, (I bear the scar to this day) - alas I never saw the Battlefield band again. My loss.

Peter - if you met the "Battlefield Band" in the late 1970s, the only member still playing with them when Alasdair White was a member is Alan Reid. I don’t think Alasdair - who’s being discussed here - was even born in the "late 70s". Good story though.

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The Battlefield Band Nua

I picked up their latest album in an Oxfam shop three days ago, out of curiosity: I was ready for anything… To my surprise there wasn’t even a hint on it of the slightest (mis)use of the screwball keyboard that used be part of their sound. Happy days! That keyboard could kill a tune! (or joy!)

About this scottische: See if you like it with f# and c# throughout. Or in the first part just. Nice tune, though I find French music too often ‘self-indulgently ‘morose”!

F# and c#?

I agree that f# instead of f can make some sense here, but c# ??

This tune has been composed by Gilles Chabenat, the french hurdy.gurdy player. It was played at the time (somewhere around the mid-80ies)by a wonderful group called "Les Ecoliers de St Genest". I just can’t remmeber it’s name for now, but I’ll look…

"La Sansonette" Schottische

"La Sansonette" ~ a different take on this in d minor

X: 2
T: La Sansonette
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: schottische
K: Dmin
|: A2 ^GA =GF- F2 | E>GFE D4 | DEFG A2 GA | c2 B2 A4 |
A2 ^GA =GF- F2 | E>GFE D4 | DEFG A2 GF | EFGA D4 :|
|: A2 FA BFAB | A/B/A FA BFAB | E2- EA BEAB | A2 EA BEAB |
[1 A2 FA BFAB | ADFA B2 AE- | EBAG FGFE | DEFE D4 :|
[2 A2 DF BDFB | ADF/G/A B/c/B AE- | EBAG FGFE | DEFE D4 |]

C: Daniel Forge

This composition is attributed to Daniel Forge from France. Unfortunately I can find no recording attributed to the composer or any other information, which would be welcome…

"La Sansonette" ~ in e minor (d minor) ~ and some other options

X: 3
T: La Sansonette
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: schottische
K: Emin
|: B2 ^AB =AG- G2 | F>AGF E4 | EFGA B2 ^AB | d2 c2 B4 |
B2 ^AB =A2 G2 | F>AGF E3 _E | EFGA B3 E | FB^AB E4 :|
|: B2 GB c3 G | B/c/B GB cGBc | F3 B cFBc | B2 FB cFBc |
[1 B2 GB cGBc | BEGB c2 BF- | FcBA GAGF | EFGF E4 :|
[2 B/c/B EG cEGc | BEG/A/B c/d/c BF- | FcBA G3 F | E^DGB E4 |]

With this e minor transcription, D fingering played on a C instrument, woodwind, would give d minor. But, there’s nothing wrong with it in e minor on a D woodwind…

Correct name

This is actually a French dance tune called ‘La Sansonette’, composed by Dominique Forges. It was very popular in Edinburgh in the late 90s, partly through the playing of Ewan MacPherson, from whom I learned it, and from whom I suspect Alasdair learned it as well.

Have a look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhAD2hbQIWI&feature=related

Set Ideas

This tune sandwiches in very effectively between Ziri Piri and MacPherson’s Strut for a set with real attitude!

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Composer

Dominique FORGES

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Re: La Sansonette

La Sansonette, a scottische written by Dominique Forges, a french hurdy-gurdy player, the tune was popularised by the Galician band Os Cempes, the original key is Gm.