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Halamus Publishing - Archive Articles - # 16, July, 2003



 

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Written by

M. Lesley Halamek



July, 2003:–


SONG: Vive la Canadienne – Canada

This month's song is the well known French Canadian folk song "Vive la Canadienne".

After Leif Ericsson (c.1000 AD) and his fellow Norsemen, Venetian explorer John Cabot (c. 1450-98), in English service, and looking for a new route to Asia, was the first (known) European to 'discover' Canada, in 1495. Thinking he had landed in north-western Asia instead of Cape Breton Island or Newfoundland, he formally claimed the land for England's King Henry VII.

Various other European explorers also searched for the elusive Northwest Passage to Asia, with its dreamed-of wealth, and trade.

Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) was sent by France's King Francis I (le Roi François Ier) to discover the Northwest Passage to China. Between 1534 and 1541 he made 3 expeditions, sailing to Newfoundland and the St Lawrence Gulf, named Chaleur Bay, and landed on the Gaspé Peninsula, and later sailing up the St Lawrence River to the Lachine rapids, named Mont Réal (Mount Royal). On his third expedition, Cartier attempted, unsuccessfully, to found a French colony in Canada. Cartier's explorations formed the basis of the French claim to Canada.

The French were, however, the first Europeans (after the Norsemen's ill-fated Vinland settlement) to actually settle in Canada. The French settlements were founded on the beaver-fur trade, with ready markets in Europe. Trading settlements were established in Acadia (Nova Scotia) in 1603, and Quebec in 1609. French settlement grew from these early beginnings to become New France, ruled from France from 1627 to 1763, when under the Treaty of Paris following the various Anglo-French-Indian wars, New France came under British rule.

Around 1939, "Vive la Canadienne" was adapted by Captain Edwin Bélanger, and became the official march of the Royal 22nd Regiment Band.

The Royal 22nd Regiment is Canada's French speaking military regiment.

For a History of the Royal 22nd Regiment, go to:
http://www.regiments.org/regiments/na-canada/inf/914R22R.htm

For Unit Commendations to the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment Battle Group

Quebec, Monday, September 9, 2002", go to:
http://www.gg.ca/media/speeches/archive-2002/20020909_e.asp



"The Royal 22nd Regiment Band was formed in Quebec City in 1922. The twenty founding musicians, from the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, were under the leadership of Director of Music, Captain Charles O'Neill. Since that time, there have been eight musical directors of the Royal 22nd Regiment Band (R22eRB): Captain E. Bélanger (1937-1961)... ...and in 1990, Captain (now Major) D. Bernier became the ninth Director of Music of Canada's most famous military band."

For a History of the Royal 22nd Regiment Band, go to:
http://www.r22er.com/fr/musique/musiquefr.html


The Traditional French Canadian Melody "Vive la Canadienne" is on Page 37 of

"Folksongs for the Violin",  Part 4 :
A Brief Introduction to the Second, Half, Fourth, and Fifth Positions
(A Graded Selection of Melodies for Beginners of All Ages).

Details on the MUSIC PAGE


Here are the Lyrics to "Vive La Canadienne", from Folksongs of Quebec


Vive la Canadienne!

Vive la Canadienne
Vole, mon coeur, vole!
Vive la Canadienne
Et ses jolis yeux doux
Et ses jolis yeux doux, doux, doux
Et ses jolis yeux doux.

Nous la menons aux noces
Vole mon coeur, vole!
Nous la menons aux noces
Dans tous ses beaux atours
Dans tous ses beaux atours, 'tours, 'tours
Dans tous ses beaux atours.

On danse avec nos blondes
Vole mon coeur, vole!
On danse avec nos blondes
Nous changeons tour à tour
Nous changeons tour à tour, tour, tour
Nous changeons tour à tour.

Ainsi le temps se passe
Vole mon coeur, vole!
Ainsi le temps se passe
Il est vraiment bien doux
Il est vraiment bien doux, doux, doux
Il est vraiment bien doux.

Long Live the Canadian Girl
Fly, my heart, fly!
Long live the Canadian Girl
And (with?) her pretty sweet eyes



We take her to (her) wedding
Fly, my heart, fly!
We take her to (her) wedding
In all her beautiful finery



One dances with our fair (pretty?) girls
Fly, my heart, fly!
One dances (we dance?) with our fair girls
We change (partners?) turn by turn
(as in a round dance, or squaredance?)


Thus the time passes
Fly, my heart, fly!
Thus the time passes
It is truly very sweet




To listen to "Vive la Canadienne", visit "The Great Canadian Tunebook", at:
http://members.shaw.ca/tunebook/vivecan.htm

To listen to a recording of "Vive la Canadienne" sung in 1904,
Go to:
http://www2.nlc-bnc.ca/gramophone/src/titlev-e.htm (Site no longer available)
(National Library of Canada:
The Virtual Gramophone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings)


And here is an English version:-

Vive La Canadienne

Words by E. F. Fowke


Of my Canadian girl I sing,
Gaily our voices ring!
Of my Canadian girl I sing
And her sweet eyes so blue,
And her sweet eyes so blue, blue, blue,
And her sweet eyes so blue.

Here's to a lovers' meeting!
Gaily our voices ring!
Here's to a lovers' meeting!
I know that she is true,
I know that she is true, true, true,
I know that she is true.

Quickly our hearts are beating!
Gaily our voices ring!
Quickly our hearts are beating,
As we go on our way,
As we go on our way, way, way,
As we go on our way.

So go the hours a-flying,
Gaily our voices ring!
So go the hours a-flying,
Until our wedding day,
Until our wedding day, day, day,
Until our wedding day.




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