Turlutte acadienne montrealaise (SSA)


  • Catalog ID: S-481
  • First Line: Hey dam ti da di dam dam di dam
  • Composer: Marie-Claire Saindon
  • Voicing: ssa
  • Accompaniment: a cappella
  • Language: Traditional Mouth-reel
  • Country: Canada
  • Other: new 2022
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


Turlutte acadienne montréalaise is an original melody hailing from the traditional Acadian andQuébecois 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 andQuébecois mouth-reel is the art of imitating an instrumental reel or jig with one’s voice, using a specificset of syllables—not unlike jazz scat singers. It would be performed at kitchen parties (still commontoday), and dance parties, when the instrumentalists wanted to take a break. Though mouth-reels can befound in many other cultures around the globe, a unique sound featured in the Acadian and Québecoismouth-reel is the “ts” sound, much like a mini drum kit hi-hat hit.

See also S-464 SAB version.