Τίτλος: The Rough Guide To Paris Café - Γαλλία - 2CD
Εκδότης: World music network
Ημερομηνία έκδοσης: 2010
Like tango in Buenos Aires or rebetika in Athens, Parisian bal musette is an urban musical style born in the early twentieth century from a melting pot of cultures. At the time, café-charbons of the Bastille area were owned by people from the Auvergne, a mountainous region in central France. There, in courtyards, people danced the emblematic bourrée to the sound of the cabrette (also called musette), the Auvergnat small-pipe. The Gare de Lyon train station, leading to Italy, was not far away, and many migrants from the other side of the Alps settled in the area, bringing with them their accordions. They started playing alongside small-pipe players, eventually replacing them. A new music was born, which kept the name musette or bal musette. The rest is history: the accordion soon became the symbol of Paris!
The first musette accordionists of the 1920s and early 1930s made people dance in the shady dance halls of the Bastille area. They imposed a new repertoire: the valse musette (waltz), the java (derived from the mazurka) and the foxtrot amongst other styles. Alongside the accordion, a typical bal musette orchestra often included the banjo (sometimes played by a Gypsy musician) and the jâze (drums, from the American word ‘jazz’). Big names of this era include Emile Vacher (1883–1969), often credited as the real inventor of themusette style, the Péguri brothers (Charles Péguri was one of the first accordionists to play alongside acabrette player, who happened to be his own father-in-law, Antoine Bouscatel) and Henri Momboisse (1889–1960).