Turlutte acadienne montrealaise (SAB)


  • Catalog ID: S-464
  • First Line: hey dam ti da di damdam di dam...
  • Composer: Marie-Claire Saindon
  • Voicing: sab
  • Accompaniment: body percussion
  • Language: English
  • Country: Canada
  • Other: new 2020
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


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 recorgnises 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.