Robin et la Pastourelle

from Islands by Ingried Boussaroque

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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.


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


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