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Jean Carignan and Yehudi Menuhin

During a visit to Quebec, legendary violinist Yehudin Menuhin (1916-1999) met Jean Carignan (1916-1988), Quebec’s finest fiddler in his days. They performed music composed by André Gagnon, entitled Concerto pour Carignan.

Jean Carignan studied under French Canadian fiddler and composer Joseph Allard. He then learned the repertoire of Irish fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison, and Scottish fiddler James Scott Skinner. (See Jean Carignan, The Canadian Encyclopedia). Irish fiddlers play “reels.”

The above video shows different styles that are not incompatible. Within a mere few bars (mesures), one can move from violoniste to violoneux (fiddler). In fact, many violoneux are also violinists. One does not preclude the other.

I am working on two one-act plays by Molière: La Critique de l’École des femmes (June 1663) and l’Impromptu de Versailles (October 1663). These are plays about plays.

Love to everyone 💕

Le Patriote par Henri Julien, 1904 (commons.wikimedia.org)

© Micheline Walker
27 Octobre 2020