The book includes 227 tunes, arranged by region.
-From Central France (Auvergne, Artense etc) there are 2 and 3-time bourées, waltzes, marches de noces, polkas, mazurkas and Scottishes
-From the Alps (Dauphiné) there are Rigodons, Farandoles and Aubades;
-From Alsace there are Waltzes is 5, 8 and 11 time, Zweifachers and Cercles Circalsacien'
-From Brittany there are Laridés, Ronds de St Vincent, Hanter Dros, An Dros, Plinns, and Suites Gavotte Montagnes;
-From the Southwest (Béarn) there are Branles, Sauts, Fandangos, Rondeaus, Congos and Renaissance Branles;
-From Western France (Normandy) there are mazurkas and Pas D'été
There is a 5000 word introduction, outlining some of the history of the fiddle in France, and attempting to answer the question of why, despite there being so much traditional fiddle happening throughout the country, it is so little known abroad. Each region is examined in some detail, with reference to key players past and present, the relationship of the music to specific dances, and the influence of other instruments. A longer version of this introduction can be found on my French Fiddle page.
During research for this book I was given valuable help and advice from Jean Francis Vrod, Alex Szyszkowski, Pierrick Lemou, Chris Shaw, Jacques Baudoin, Patrick Mazellier, MIke Gilpin, Jean-Marc Delauney, and Gilles Péquignot.
All 227 tunes appear as recordings. 48 are included on the accompanying CD, and the remainder can be downloaded as mp3's from www.schott-music.com/web-codes/ , using the code WMS-8
author: Chris Haigh
Publisher: Schott Music (2016)
Edition: edition with CD
Language: English, with online downloads in French and German
Series: Schott World Music
HOW TO BUY "French Fiddle Tunes "
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Chris Haigh is a freelance fiddle player based in London. His playing covers a huge range of styles, all played with commitment and authority. He has played on over 70 albums. He has two book published by Spartan Press; "Fiddling around the World" and "Any fool can write Fiddle Tunes", and "The Fiddle Handbook" is published by Backbeat/Hal Leonard. "Discovering Rock Violin", "Exploring Folk Fiddle", "Exploring Folk Fiddle" and Hungarian Fiddle Tunes" are all published by Schott .