Robin et la Pastourelle

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Elizabethan ballad « My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone »
Quebec song “Le galant et la pastourelle », as sung by Mrs Émile Gagné, Sainte-Luce, Beauce (source : « C’est dans la Nouvelle-France », compiled by Marc Gagné)

I have been told there are no such things as quartertones in Quebec traditional music. In fact, because of the early codification of occidental music, any interval smaller than a semitone is usually regarded as simply out of tune. Very few cultures (Sweden being one) acknowledge that quartertones are used in their traditional music. When I heard this recording by Mrs Gagné, I was struck that one note seemed deliberately and consistently “in between”. Having sung and played lots of Turkish and Arabic music, I decided to pose the wild hypothesis that quartertones could have been used in Quebec music, and to present my version of this beautiful song.

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from Islands, released August 1, 2016
Ingried Boussaroque: voice, nay, shruti box, arrangements
Dominique Soulard: flamenco guitar

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