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Tune Add: Chez Seychelles

Mr Happy 22 Nov 11 - 07:15 AM
Manitas_at_home 22 Nov 11 - 07:29 AM
Will Fly 22 Nov 11 - 08:39 AM
Mr Happy 22 Nov 11 - 09:03 AM
Will Fly 22 Nov 11 - 09:05 AM
GUEST,Guest 23 Nov 11 - 09:59 PM
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Subject: Tune Add: Chez Seychelles
From: Mr Happy
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 07:15 AM

This lovely tune emerged during our afternoon session yesterday.

Apparently French/Cajun origin & travelled to the Seychelles!

X: 1
T: Chez Seychelles
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
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 f3 c | df dc BA | G3 A cd |
e2 ee ge | (3fgf e3 d | cd ed cB | A3 c de |
f2 af ae | (3gag f3 c | df dc dc | B2 Bc BA |
Bc df ga | gf dc df | (3efe dc Bc | A3 ||


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVdrG444YxI


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Chez Seychelles
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 07:29 AM

This came up somewhere else recently. Apparently Sharon Shannon has recorded a version.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Chez Seychelles
From: Will Fly
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 08:39 AM

Yes - I posted a question about a waltz I'd heard a friend play, which he called by the wrong name. A 'Catter investigated and discovered a waltz ostensibly by Sharon Shannon called "Out The Gap" - which bears the closest of resemblances to "Chez Seychelles".

A great tune, whatever the arrangement or provenance. One of the earlier versions may have been by Michael Doucet with Beausoleil.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Chez Seychelles
From: Mr Happy
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 09:03 AM

The guy who played it yesterday [on piano accordeon] called it 'Seychelles Waltz'


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Chez Seychelles
From: Will Fly
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 09:05 AM

Interesting - I believe the original tune was a mazurka - and it certainly fits the mazurka rhythm.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: Chez Seychelles
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 23 Nov 11 - 09:59 PM

It's my understanding that the tune is originally Seychellois-based and taken up by the Quebecois/Cajun/et al communities. But having never heard the Seychellois version I can't swear to that. But according to http://ickmusic.com/2005/05/29/chez-seychelles/ a native knew the tune when she was a girl there. I also understand that Michael Doucet massaged the tune quite a bit. The B Part seems to be subject to much interpretation, in the versions I've heard, at least, but a particular favorite of mine is BigNick's version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFPv0Wrlqas/ I don't know if that's his B Part or if he got it elsewhere. All the B Parts I've heard don't quite fit the A Part (in my mind), though there's nothing bad about any of them. Maybe it's time for a trip to Seychelles for a little music research!


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