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Crooked tunes from Québec; Laura Risk & Voices of Music
Seeded by voicesofmusic on 10 May 2019
Author: Voices of Music
Crooked tunes :) Laura Risk and Alana Youssefian, baroque violins William Skeen, baroque cello Peter Maund, percussion Fiddlers have played for dancing in Québec since the time of New France, though it’s likely that all of the tunes played in the province today date from after the British conquest of 1760. Some tunes and dances probably arrived with the British military presence, others with Irish and Scottish settlers in the 19th century, and many as a result of the continual back-and-forth between Québec and the United States, particularly New England. Fiddling in Québec was an entirely aural tradition until the 20th century, and the first substantial documentation of the repertoire was not in printed collections or manuscripts—as was the case in Scotland, for instance—but on hundreds of 78 rpm discs recorded and released in Montreal in the 1920s. Fiddlers in Québec often put their own stamp on tunes and each has his or her own sound: some combination of bowings, ornamentation, timb
Ensemble: Voices of Music