Reel De Montmarquette reel

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X: 1
T: Reel De Montmarquette
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E2|:A2 cA BAAB|cecA FGFE|A2 cA BAAB|cfec AEFG|
|:e2 aa ffaa|ecAc BAAc|e2 aa ffaa|1 ecdB cAAc:|2 edBG Az||

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Reel de Montmarquette

Alfred Montmarquette was a dominant figure in the French-Canadian music of the 1925-50 period. Born in New-York he moved to Montréal in the late 1920’s. All traditional musicians have at least one Montmarquette tune in their répertoire.

Can you point to any recorded examples?

Cross posting ~ 😉

One interesting point (as noted by a member of this forum) about this tune is that it is named after its interpret (and composer?), instead of a place name or anything else. The record label mistakenly has "Monmarquette" without the "t" written on it.

Yes, it struke me as odd, as he was good about having names for the tunes he played, but this one has his own name… It made me wonder if someone had made it for him, and as a gesture of approval he took to playing it himself?

‘struke’ ~ I am shot for sure ~ ‘struck’… slap-slap-slap ~ me trying to knock some sense in… 😏

Thanks for the mp3 — it brings the tune to life. I’m no expert on French-Canadian music so it helps to actually hear it.

Alfred Montmarquette

For reeds this man is one of the best, a solid dance musician, however, MP3s don’t do him justice, there’s lift too, but you’ll have experience enough there yourself button… People have grown complacent and take ‘digital’ for granted, but with the benefits there are also sacrafices…

Digital is so yesterday, C… I just log it into my transmogrifier and I’m transported to the time and place the recording was made. I even danced with his daughter. You’re such a luddite.

hee hee 😲

That was *such* a great MP3! Loved it. The chording was great too. Just shows - all these guitarist these days with their fancy footwork and stupid ‘jazz’ chords … WHO NEEDS ‘EM??!!!?!


If someone made this tune for Montmarquette could well be "le thon" Morin from the Mascouche area. "Le Thon" was just as prolific of a tune writer as Alfred (specialy marches & Clogs). Alfred and him were friends. They often exchanged tunes and accordeons. Unfortunatly " Le Thon" Morin’s was never has known and most of his tunes disappeared with him in the 1970’s. Except for a few reel to reel recordings left behind for family and friends. One can only speculate!

Thanks Jeaneve, a lovely contribution, the tale of these two musical friends raised a smile…

When I was a kid (that was in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s) I think Alfred Montmarquette and J.O. LaMadeleine were the two musicians that made the strongest impression of what Music, and traditional music was about. I used to listen religiously to their 78’s on our little pick-up. Most of the musicians who recorded in the 1920-30 period were "dance musicians", and they were popular on live radio programs. My father still plays melodeon at 82 years, during all my childhood he was the "sound of the festivities" as he played every time there was a family event. But he alyways told me that playing like Montmarquette was difficult as he "put too so many notes"!.

Apparently, and tragically, Mr. Pigeon was often called in to back Mr. Montmarquette up when he was in his cups - finish out the dance for him, etc. Even too many notes for the great one not in his best form, I guess. But still a great talent, and what a legacy of tunes for us to learn!