Two Old Waltzes

I learned these two from Sylvain Piron’s website nearly 25 years ago. They are Valse á Cadet and Valse d’Ernest Lurde. For some reason I thought they were in the Bal Folk Tune Book. They are NOT. But they are kickass waltzes and I invite you to wallow in their kickassedness.

L’Aurillacoise (Bal Folk #122)

I was wearing a great hat in this one. But then cropped it out so you could spend time with the trees.

Here’s a deep dive. This is a great one that I have in a number of sources, and have been playing for years. You may not hear, but the third note is a sharp 4th (E, in this case, because it’s played in Bflat), and it’s such a fleeting note, but so essential!

It’s part of the Bal Folk Tune Project. Here’s Jac Lavergne playing it, on his wonderful AMTA cassette.

 

And here’s Henri Momboisse, from back in the day. Much ornamentation. Chromatic Button Accordion. A swifter instrument for a swifter time.

Also, the tune has a lyric, and here’s the group Wazoo doing a fantastic arrangement.

Bal Folk Scottishes #5 and #6

This is part of the Bal Folk Tune Book Project. Scottishes #5 and #6, “Scottish à Catinaux” and “D’où Viens-tu P’tit Bonhomme.” The first tune I play as I always have and realized today that I’ve been doubling all the parts forever. Well, that’s a habit that’ll stick. The second tune I don’t play at dance speed, just a little slower, more cinematic or — as I’ve been accused — Wagnerian. I am NOT AT ALL pleased by my accordion face in this one. Not exactly a gormless wonder, but hardly gormful.

Bourrée #54

 

I think I like this, numbering bourrées like they are mambos.  In the Bal Folk Tune book this is tune #54. I am working to track down the title and will report back if I am successful. For this one, I’m trying out new video editing software, and also, I think I need to relax a little. The camera adds an edge that is not always welcome. This is part of the Bal Folk Tune Book Project.

 

 

L’Aigo de Rotzo (Bal Folk #3)

Enjoy this scottish, tune #3 in the Bal Folk Tune Book. The second tune is another scottish (though I play it at polka speed), called L’eau de Roche. I would have bet money that it was also in the Bal Folk Tune Book but I was wrong! (It was probably in the pink or blue book.) Consider it a bonus for the Tune Book Project.

The Bal Folk Tune Book Project 2020

That’s one. Two hundred ten more to go!

My admiration for Bal Folk: Traditional Dance Music from Central France is well documented and knows no bounds, as is my appreciate for Dave Mallison, publisher of said volume. Released in 2010, the tunebook brought together the beloved (and obscure) “Pink Book” and “Blue Book” of Centre France music lore. I wrote about the book in 2011, and interviewed Mallinson about it shortly thereafter. It’s great and you should buy it.

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Buy this book.

Today — just over a fortnight into our covid-19 confinement — I am taking on a project. I will record every one of the 211 tunes in the tune book on YouTube videos, similar to the videos I’ve been posting on my channel for years. I don’t know how long it will take, and I’m not setting a demanding pace for myself (adding stress is not my goal), but I have decided on a couple of procedural norms.

  1. I will not be posting the dots with the videos. You should order the book.
  2. I will not be doing these in order, but I will also not being doing them randomly. There might be a clump of scottishes followed by a clump of waltzes, then bourrées, etc. It is all according to my whim. (Bwa. Ha. Ha?)
  3. I will be recording on all of my accordions (one at a time, not in a bunch), so the keys may differ from the key in the book. Welcome to diato world!
  4. If I have already done a recording of a tune, I will not necessarily redo it for this project (though I might — since my channel dates back to 2008 and, presumable, I’ve improved since then). But I will include it in the page I am constructing for this project so that, ultimately, every tune in the book will be on that page.
  5. I may post links to others’ recordings of these tunes in addition to mine, but not to replace them. If others want to take it upon themselves to join me in this project I will happily highlight your recordings.

Thank you! And here’s another: unnamed scottish. Tune #2 in the book.

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