Academic journal article Notes

Hommage a Marius Barbeau

Academic journal article Notes

Hommage a Marius Barbeau

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CBC TRCD 3004, 2003.

Marius Barbeau was a French-Candian anthropogist who traveled throughout Eastern Canada between 1916 and 1946, recording and transcribing traditional songs in the remote villages and coastal towns of the region. During those three decades he filled approximately tour thousand wax cylinders with field recordings and created roughly eight thousand written transcriptions of the songs he had recorded. Among those recordings were more than 180 cylinders of performances by one Louis Simard, an itinerant musician with a tremendous repertoire. Other subjects were women who shared the very long songs that they sang while weaving or spinning (and which Barbeau was forced to transcribe in shorthand when he ran out of room on a cylinder), and traveling laborers who sang to relieve the tedium of their professions. In 2001, musicologist Danielle Martineau gathered a small group of likeminded singers and instrumentalists to rerecord some of the songs from the Barbeau collection, this time using modern technology to produce recordings that would be a bit more pleasant to contemporary ears and that could act as a more permanent archive for at least a few of the thousands of songs Barbeau had collected. …

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