turlutte acadienne montrealaise (TTB)

Catalog ID: S-483
Translation: mouth reel
First Line: hey dam ti dadi dam damdi dam
Composer: Marie-Claire Saindon
Voicing: ttb
Accompaniment: a ca
Country: canada
Other: new 2022
Sound: No audio clip available


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Cultural Context

Turlutte acadienne montréalaise is an original melody hailing from the traditional Acadian and Québecois musical practice of the “turlutte,” or mouth-reel. The composer recognizes her Acadian roots, but also the cultural influences of her current hometown—Montréal—in the title. The Acadian and Québecois mouth-reel is the art of imitating an instrumental reel or jig with one’s voice, using a specific set of syllables—not unlike jazz scat singers. It would be performed at kitchen parties (still common today), and dance parties, when the instrumentalists wanted to take a break. Though mouth-reels can be found in many other cultures around the globe, a unique sound featured in the Acadian and Québecois mouth-reel is the “ts” sound, much like a mini drum kit hi-hat hit.

See also the SAB version (S-464) and the SSA version (S-481).

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