Valse Des Bébés waltz

Also known as Sounds Like This Waltz Was The Basis For ” How Much Is That Doggie In The Window”.

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X: 1
T: Valse Des Bébés
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: "A"C6 | "E"D4 F2 | "A"E2 c4-|c2 (3AcA C2 | "E"D2 B4-| B2 E2 D2| "A"C2 A4-| A2 C2 D2 |
"A" C6 | "E"D4 F2 | "A"E2 c4-|c2 (3AcA C2 | "E"D2 B4 | F4 G2 | "A"A2 Acec |1 A2 C2 D2 :|2 A2 z2 e2||
|:"A"f2-fe cA | E2-EA AF |"E" G6- | G4 e2 |f2-fe dB | G2-GE FE | "A"c6- | c2 z2 e2|
"A"f2-fe cA | E2-EA AF |"E" G6- | G4 e2 |g2f2 (3efe | d2 F2G2 | "A"A2 Ac ec |1 A2 z2 e2 :|2 A2 z4||
X: 2
T: Valse Des Bébés
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: f2- fe cA | E2- EA AF | G6- | G4 e2 | f2- fe dB | G2- GE FE | c6- | c2 z2 e2 |
f2- fe cA | E2- EA AF | G6- | G4 e2 | g2 f2 (3efe | d2 F2 G2 | A2 Ac ec |[1 A2 z2 e2 :|[2 A2 z4 |]
X: 3
T: Valse Des Bébés
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f2- fe cA | E2- EA AF | G6- | G4 e2 |g2 f2 (3efe | d2 F2 G2 | ~
|: f3 e cA | E3 A AF | G6- | G4 e2 | f3 e dB | G3 E FE | c6- | c2 z2 e2 |
f3 e cA | E3 A AF | G6- | G4 e2 | g3 2 (3efe | d2 F2 G2 | A2 Ac ec |[1 A2 z2 e2 :|[2 A2 z4 |]
X: 4
T: Valse Des Bébés
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2G2|:F4F2|G4B2|A2 f3 f |f2 d2 AF|G2 e3 e| e2 c2 AG|F2 d3 d|d2 A2 G2|
|F4F2|G4B2|A2 f3 f| f2 d2 AF|G4 e2| B4 c2|1d6 |d2 A2 G2:|2d/2f/2d/2A/2 FA af| d4 fa|
|:b3 a fd|A3f dB|c3c c2| z2 a2 a2|b3a ge|c3 A B/2c/2B/2A/2|f6|f2 a2a2|
b3 a fd|A3f dB|c3c c2| z2 a2 a2|c'2b2a2 |g/2b/2g/2e/2 cA Bc| d6|1d4fa:|2d6|
# Added by JNWP .

Thirteen comments

Valse des bébés

Looks like my browser is playing tricks with the accented characters…

Strangely the problem is only in the title of the first comment…L’internet était invinté a Genève, une ville cosmopolitaine dans la Suisse romande (francophone), mais par deux Americains 😉

Accented characters

Il semble que le site accepte les symboles HTML (avec la perluette) dans certaines sections seulement…

Lovely Waltz ‘quebecois’ but the ‘B’ music comes out looking like a jig. I think the problem would be solved if you write the ABC as follows: (bars 1 & 2 for example) f2-fe cA | E2-EA AF | , thus keeping the accent on the 3 beats in the bar and making it easier to read.

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B part

I see your point. When listening to the original tune the accent is always on the first beat of every bar. Perhaps this got me confused! Sounds OK when we play it though.

It’s that convention thing again québécois, I was keeping shtrum, but glad to see someone else raise it. You know I like your submissions, so don’t jump down my throat again, there is some sense in the notation of music, it is not haphazard, and this is about doing the music the best justice we can, so, peace! 😏 Here is the B-part minus the chords but notated, as hetty was suggesting, clearly as a 3/4 waltz ~

|: f2- fe cA | E2- EA AF | G6- | G4 e2 | f2- fe dB | G2- GE FE | c6- | c2 z2 e2 |
f2- fe cA | E2- EA AF | G6- | G4 e2 | g2 f2 (3efe | d2 F2 G2 | A2 Ac ec |[1 A2 z2 e2 :|[2 A2 z4 |]

The grouping of notes in 3s is with reason, it is 3/4, even when the note crosses one of those divisions. We don’t drop the barline when the crossing is between measures/bars, it is the same thing…

Keep up the good tunes québécois, appreciated…or I wouldn’t bother to comment at all…

ABC fixed (I think). Thanks.

Yes, that is pretty much it, remember the basic beat and groupings are in the first part of the fraction, the 3 of 3/4, and the spacing works similarly to the barlines. Here it is again, with those few spaces added to emphasize the 3 in 3/4, the convention in music, whether dots or ABCs ~ just a few bars ~

f2- fe cA | E2- EA AF | G6- | G4 e2 |g2 f2 (3efe | d2 F2 G2 | ~

When it actually starts one a primary beat you can also get away with the following, which is also very acceptable, and I would have seen that sooner if I’d been more ‘aware’. I’m still short of sleep with this odd bronchitis like flu/cold ‘lurgy’ thing ~ This is actually how I personally would have written this, since the long notes begin on the primary beat ~ without making any changes to your actual notation ~

|: f3 e cA | E3 A AF | G6- | G4 e2 | f3 e dB | G3 E FE | c6- | c2 z2 e2 |
f3 e cA | E3 A AF | G6- | G4 e2 | g3 2 (3efe | d2 F2 G2 | A2 Ac ec |[1 A2 z2 e2 :|[2 A2 z4 |]

Just ‘for examples’ ~ | E3 A AF | ~ | E2 A3 F |

You really only cross beats with a slur in this sort of situation, on the weaker half of the 3 beat division, syncopation for example ~

| EA- AF- FA |

Sorry I haven’t been completely conscious… Lovely music… 😉

François, I learned La valse des bébés among my first tunes on a D, single row accordeon at SPDTQ classes in Montréal. All the ‘flourishes’ were great for getting a feel for the instrument while playing a slow, pretty tune.

I’ve transcribed it from memory using ABCexplorer, having fun learning how to use the program. I also found a version in G in La Grande Ronde, recueil de musique traditionnelle du Québec, by Dorothée Hogan, in case you’re not familiar with this terrific resource.

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X:5
T:La Valse des bébés
Z:transcription-JNW
S:Alfred Montmarquette
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:D
A2G2|:F4F2|G4B2|A2 f3 f |f2 d2 AF|G2 e3 e| e2 c2 AG|F2 d3 d|d2 A2 G2|
|F4F2|G4B2|A2 f3 f| f2 d2 AF|G4 e2| B4 c2|1d6 |d2 A2 G2:|2d/2f/2d/2A/2 FA af| d4 fa|
|:b3 a fd|A3f dB|c3c c2| z2 a2 a2|b3a ge|c3 A B/2c/2B/2A/2|f6|f2 a2a2|
b3 a fd|A3f dB|c3c c2| z2 a2 a2|c’2b2a2 |g/2b/2g/2e/2 cA Bc| d6|1d4fa:|2d6|

J’ai oublié les notes! 🙂

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