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French Tunes -- Know a good source?

Charmion 28 Oct 05 - 04:21 PM
Sorcha 28 Oct 05 - 04:24 PM
Alan Day 28 Oct 05 - 06:13 PM
GUEST 28 Oct 05 - 08:55 PM
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Shimbo Darktree 29 Oct 05 - 12:18 AM
GUEST,Laurent 29 Oct 05 - 08:37 AM
Mr Red 29 Oct 05 - 09:22 AM
treewind 29 Oct 05 - 09:33 AM
Charmion 29 Oct 05 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,Laurent 29 Oct 05 - 03:04 PM
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Subject: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 04:21 PM

I would be grateful for information about good sources of traditional tunes from the south of France that would sound good on fiddle, whistle or mandolin.

A link to a website would be FAB! Is it possible that some obsessed folkie has created something like The Session, but French?


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Sorcha
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 04:24 PM

Volkslieder French page


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Alan Day
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 06:13 PM

I would recommend Mel Stevens books "The Massif Central" tune books one and two.Although most tunes are from central France they are very valuable tune books for French Music.
If you have problems getting these I can put you in touch with Mel who still has some left.
Al


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 08:55 PM

If you mean music from the Occitan tradition(South of France), you can try doing a web-search on Occitan music. Alternatively try a web-search on the name of the group most associated with this music 'Perlinpinpin'. My old group 'Heritage' toured often in the area in the 1980s and 90s and our last album includes a set of Occitan polkas - it is called 'Tell tae Me', is on the Temple label and is still available in the US and UK.

Other group names to search on are Chantelebre and Au Son du Vos.

Good luck in your search - the music you find will be well worth it!

Jack Beck


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Oct 05 - 09:01 PM

Just to correct a couple of things - try 'Perlinpinpin Folc' and 'Au Son de Vos'

JB


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Shimbo Darktree
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 12:18 AM

I cannot resist this - please take it in good humour.

Have you tried the south of France?

ROFL!

Shimbo


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: GUEST,Laurent
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 08:37 AM

Bonjour,

Here are one or two links were you can find tunes. Southern French music may be quite different depending on the area. The first one will bring you tunes from Nice area (mostly played with a 'galoubet' which is a three hole pipe), next one brings tunes from many area in France (Massif Central, Brittany, South west like Aquitaine) in ABC format. You may find (not so traditional) tunes from Normandy, my native and living region.

I think most of them are suitable for fiddle for it has been one of our favourite instruments for traditional music.

Both links have an English translation.
http://mtcn.free.fr/mtcn-traditional-music-presentation.php
Tunes from everywhere ine France

Bonne musique.


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Mr Red
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:22 AM

Look-up Blozabella (or Blowzabella orwith or without two "l"'s) They play a more than a lot in that style though they may have personalised them a little (or a lot).

Boureed treasure?

I'll get my coat........


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: treewind
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:33 AM

Tunes HERE (big PDF file) free to download. As played for monthly French dance sessions in Cambridge. I don't know how "southern" these are, though.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Charmion
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 12:34 PM

Wow. Thanks, everyone!

Anahata: That PDF document is literally the answer to my prayers. It will be printed out and on my music stand by close of play today.

Hello, Jack Beck! Nice to hear from you; Edmund and I met you at the Getaway, and play your albums a lot. I shall immediately set about copping your Occitan polkas.

Laurent: How do you think tunes composed for the galoubet would sound on the octave mandolin?

At work, I am the lone English editor working with three French editors. By some freak of chance, all four of us are musicians, and we have decided to learn some traditional tunes we can all play together. (Not quite the Gasworks Silver Band.) I already have a substantial repertoire of Quebecois, Irish, Scots and American tunes, but our act needs some Occitan content -- one of the Francos is a francaise-de-France born in Dax and raised in Biarritz.


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: GUEST,Laurent
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 03:04 PM

Charmion,

It would be closer with a pipe and tabor but if you want to ear what it sounds like, try Patrick Vaillant on amazon.fr. He plays mandolin (not octave mandolin). Most of the tunes come from the Nice area.

The PDF tunes come mainly from the center of France and some are written for hurdy-gurdy (Kerboeuf is one of the French hurdy-gurdy makers). The fandango comes from the Basque country (Biarritz is a town in the French part.)

BTW, I was many years ago at a folk camp near Souyhampton and the man who led the music workshop proposed foreign tunes. One of them was a 'Bourree 2 temps' (2/4) and he was just playing the score, so one couldn't recognize the dance. When you play, keep in mind that rythm must have a very strong crotchet - quaver - quaver beat (you may shorten the crotchet).

For occitan music Perlimpimpin Folc is a good choice.

If you are fluent with French, I recommend you trad magazine (www.tradmagazine.com) which is a bimonthly magazine with tunes and feature article on French dances.

A bientot


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: GUEST,Fullerton
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 04:06 PM

Richard Robinson's Tune book is a good source


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: CarolC
Date: 29 Oct 05 - 09:34 PM

This site has helped me find tons of great traditional Finnish tunes. I would imagine they would have some good French tunes as well...

http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/findtune?

I used "Finland" (without quotes) as my search word. Don't know what would be most effective for what you're looking for, but a little experimentation might turn something up.


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 13 Dec 10 - 11:26 AM

Le Session: http://www.lesession.co.uk/music/index.htm


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Subject: RE: French Tunes -- Know a good source?
From: GUEST,nicole
Date: 14 Dec 10 - 04:07 AM

I guess during the Baroque period, it was really strict when it comes to music. And there are just few choices for French Baroque Music. Am I right? Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks for the post anyways.


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