La Contredanse reel

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

La Contredanse has been added to 1 tune set.

La Contredanse has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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One setting

1
X: 1
T: La Contredanse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DD | GBAG BGDG | BBAF G2DD | GBAG BGDG | BBAF G2DD |
GBAG BGDG | GBAG BGAB |M:6/4
Bc (3ccc AFAF DFAF |
M:4/4
DEFG ABc2 |1 BcAF G2 :|2 BcAF GABc ||
M:6/4
d3d BGBd g3g |M:4/4
ecec A2AB |M:6/4
Bc (3ccc Bced cBAc |M:4/4
BdBG GABc |
M:6/4
d3d BGBd g3g |M:4/4
ecec A2AB | BccB cedc |1 BdBG GABc :|2 BdBG G2 ||

Nine comments

Crooked Quebec tune

This lovely tune comes from the repetoire of Louis Pitou Boudreault from the Saguenay region of Quebec. I learned it from Guy Bouchard at the Fiddle Tunes festival in Port Townsend Washington.

C Supernatural?

The c’s in the 2nd and 6th measures of the B part are sometimes played as c#’s. I’ve heard that some fiddlers play a note that sits almost exactly half-way between c natural and c# in this case. Folks I met in Washington call this note c-supernatural.

Contradanse speed

How fast would something like this usually be played?

On the web

It goes reasonably fast. I’d call it "reel-time." It’s definitely meant for dancing. You can find a recording of it by the band genticorum on their website:

http://www.genticorum.com/mp3/rond-point.mp3

They switch to La Contredanse at about 1:48. Enjoy!

Crooked Tunes

This tune can also be found on Airs Tordus by Les Tetes de Violon, who are Guy Bouchard ,Kevin Carr ,Judy Lipnick, Barbara Mendelsohn,Greg Raskin,Laurie Rivin,and Laura Sadowsky, and its probably the best version out there! If you like crooked tunes from Quebec, get this CD with no regrets.

Contradanse speed

Jim - sorry - I live in the UK!
What does a speed of "1:48" translate to in, say, crotchets per minute?

1:48 means that when you play the mp3 go to the 1 minute and 48 second mark if you want to hear the tune. You have minutes and seconds in the UK, right?

Oops!

sorry, I was being dumb!

Other locations

There’s also an excellent version of La Contredance on Cutting & Wood,s CASTAGNARI c.d.