Chez Seychelles mazurka

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Chez Seychelles
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
f fe |d3 e fe | d3 e fg | a3 g fe | d3 e fe | d3 c AB | c3 B AG | F3 f fe |
d2 de fe | d2 de fg | a2 ag fe | d2 de fe | d2 dc AB | cd cB AG | F2 F ||
A AB |c2 fc af | g2 f2- fc | df dc BA | G3 A cd |
e2 ee ge | f/g/f e2- ed | cd ed cB | A3 c de |
f2 af ae | g/a/g f2- fc | df dc dc | B2 Bc BA |
Bc df ga | gf dc df | e/f/e dc Bc | A3 |]
X: 2
T: Chez Seychelles
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: f/ f>e |d2 d>e f>e | d2 d>e f>g | a2 a>g f>e | d2 d>e f>e |
d2 d>e f>e | d2 d>c A>B | c>d c>B A<G | F2 F3/ :|
|: G/ A>B |c2 f>c a>f | g2 f2 f>c | d>f d>c B>A | G2 G>A c>d | e2 e>e g>e |
[1 (3fgf e2 e>d | c>d e>d c<B | A2 A :|\
[2 f2 e2 d2 | (3efe d>c B<c | F2 F3/ |]
X: 3
T: Chez Seychelles
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d/ d>c |B2 B>c d>c | B2 B>c d>e | f2 f>e d>c | B2 B>c d>c |
B2 B>c d>c | B2 B>A F>G | A>B A>G F>E | D2 D3/ :|
|: E/ F>G |A2 d2 f>A | (3efe d>F d>A | (3Bcd B>A G>F | E>D E>F (3GAB |
[1 c2 e2 c2 | (3ded c2 B2 | A>B c>B A>G | F>E F3/ :|
[2 (3cdc e2 (3cde | d2 c2 B2 | A>B A>G F>E | D2- D3/ |]
X: 4
T: Chez Seychelles
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g/ g>f |e2 e>f g>f | e2 e>f g>a | b2 b>a g>f | e2 e>f g>f |
e2 e>f g>f | e2 e>d B>c | d>e d>c B<A | G2 G3/ :|
|: A/ B>c |d2 g>d b>d | (3aba g2 g>d | e>g e>d c>B | A2 A>B d>e | f2 a>f a>f |
[1 (3gag f2 f>e | d>e f>e d>c | B2 B3/ :|\
[2 (3gag f2 e2 | (3fgf e>d ^c>d | G2- G3/ |]

Seven comments

“Chez Seychelles”

I’ve had Louisiana and Cajun music running through my head since the Hurricane and flooding. One tune that came to mind was this one, but I kept playing it as a straight 32 bar mazurka. I remembered that the Cajun band "Beausoleil" did all kinds of crazy variations on it but that the A-part was somehow not straight. I dug out a recording I had of them and tried to get something close to what they play around with, the skeleton of it. They play the first part only 7 bars long and have played it from roasting, a ‘fast waltz’, to relaxed and reasonable, still a ‘waltz’, relatively straight except for the bar count for part A and the many variations when they let fly. I’ve given it here first as that waltz and then follow it with the mazurka in three keys ~ F, D and G major, with minor variations…

No I’m not 100% happy with it so anybody else out there with a take on it, now, in your past, or in the future, please contribute here in the comments. There are several other Cajun tunes floating around in my head since this recent disaster. I hesitated contributing this because I’d love to give it and that tradition some justice, whatever other influences might be at work in my head. It’s a lovely tune, they borrowed it from a mazurka from the Seychelles, another place not free of the wrath of nature. God bless them all… How ever rought this may be, it is in their honour. Any faults are solely mine…

I’m glad you contributed this beautiful melody; it’s a tune I always think of when life is exceptionally good. So very sweet sounding—I hope other people like it.

Thanks ‘dmarie’, I agree. It sets me at ease in any form or key and ‘sweet’ fits it. Sadly, the midi tends to over swing the ‘mazurka’ take on it, which would be swung but not a extremely as the midi reads it. I’d been dancing to it while lilting it as a 32 bar mazurka, but I also love the fun that ‘Beausoleil’ have with it, very bluegrass at times, but glad in their maturing they’ve tempered their earlier tendencies to take it at a neck-break speeds, rushed ~ or would it be better called ankle-twisting speed?

Ceolachan,
I wish you could’ve joined me, about six years ago in New Orleans, on the porch of a beautiful antebellum home, playnig Cajun music with friends. Our host had some friends over from Thibideaux, LA—-speaking nothing but Cajun. They played Chez Seyelles, slowly and evenly, like a sweet waltz, and in that setting time suddenly had no meaning; the house, the surroundings, the language, the music—-exactly the same as over 150 years previous. An experience I was so grateful to have been a part of.

Laissez les bons temps retour!

Laissez les bons temps retour!

Beausoleil does a great job of this

Slowly and sweetly with just the right Cajun swing to it.Thanks for posting, Ceol!

Chez Seychelles

Read this was a French mazurka that Cajuns had picked up. Does anyone know its origins?