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Le Ragtime de Québec / Quebec City Rag

by Louis Gérin

A tribute to Quebec City for its 400 birthday . Through original compositions inspired by the ragtime style and by popular songs of that period this is an invitation to make a historical and virtual visit around Quebec City, Canada.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Le Ragtime de Québec
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:26 $0.99
2. La Valse du Château Frontenac
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:14 $0.99
3. La Marche des Propriétaires
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:34 $0.99
4. À la Québecoise
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
2:20 $0.99
5. Honky Tonk à la Basse-Ville
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:08 $0.99
6. La Complainte du Pont de Québec
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
4:09 $0.99
7. Promenade sur les Plaines d'Abraham
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:59 $0.99
8. On Traverse à Lévis
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
2:55 $0.99
9. Allo Central
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:16 $0.99
10. Le Pont de Québec
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:15 $0.99
11. Le Fleuve St-Laurent
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:17 $0.99
12. Une Soirée au Capitole de Québec
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
3:40 $0.99
13. La Huronne
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
4:10 $0.99
14. Le Ragtime de Québec ( piano solo )
Louis Gérin
3:38 $0.99
15. Bonsoir mes Amis Bonsoir
Louis Gérin et Québec 1908
0:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Le Ragtime de Québec/ Quebec City Rag is an imaginary voyage in Quebec City such as it was in 1908. It is a tribute to the places and buildings developed and in built in Quebec City at the beginning of the last century and that makes it famous today.
All the instrumentals except À la Québecoise have been composed by Louis Gérin. Arrangements by Louis Gérin.

1- Le Ragtime de Québec/ Quebec City Rag ( 2005) is a classical rag. It exists few ragtimes titled by the name of a city like the St.Louis Rag by Tom Turpin ( 1902 ) or the Kansas City Rag by James Scott ( 1907 ).
Quebec City was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain from France. The name of the city comes from the Algonquin word Kebek meaning where the river narrows. Quebec is the cradle of the French language in North America and the capital fo the Province of Quebec. The use of the French Canadian folksong, Alouette, gentille Alouette, in the bridge gives to this classical rag a Quebecois flavor.

02-La Valse du Château Frontenac/ The Chateau Frontenac Waltz ( 2006 ) The Chateau Frontenac was named for Louis de Buade, count of Frontenac, governor of the Nouvelle France at the end of the seventeenth century. The building construction began in 1892 on the ancient site of the Haldimand Castle , close to the site of the St.Louis Castle. The hotel was inaugurated in 1893. Through the years, several extensions and transformations will be carried out. In 1926, the addition of an imposing tower designed by the Maxwell architects will give the hotel its actual look.This piece, tinted with romanticism, is a ragtime waltz evoking the great receptions and balls taking place at the Chateau Frontenac.

03-La Marche des Propriétaires ( 1914) The words of this song are from Joseph Paradis ( ?) and the music is from Joseph Isidore Paquet (?). It talks about the frictions between a tenant and his owner. It throws light on the housing problems due to rural migration towards cities like Montréal and Québec at the beginning of the twentieth century.

04- À la Québecoise ( 1908 ) Jean-Baptiste Lafrenière ( 1874-1912 ) was born in Maskinongé. He studied at the Laval University in Quebec City but most of the time, he lived in Montreal. He was nicknamed The Canadian Strauss for his beautiful waltzes. He was the first Quebecois to create ragtime music. In 1908, he wrote À la Québecoise, a piece for piano, to celebrate the third century of Quebec City. Here is our arrangement of it.

05-Honky Tonk à la Basse-Ville / Honky Tonk in Lower Town ( 2006 ) Geographically, Quebec City is divided into two sections:
the Upper Town, where live the bourgeoisie and the elite, and the Lower Town, crowded with workmen and shopkeepers. The Lower Town was also a popular place for entertainment.The Upper Town people snobbed the Lower Town ones but did not hesitate to visit their gambling dens and brothels. The Honky Tonk was an American style of music popular in 1920. It was also the name of the place where that music was played. When the Upper Town ( piccolo ) meets the Lower Town ( baritone saxophone )...

06- La Complainte du Pont de Québec ( 1907 ) On August 29th 1907, the southern structure of the Quebec City bridge collapsed. 76 people died: 33 First Nations people, 26 Canadians and 17 Americans. It was an enormous drama for the Quebec people. The news was known around the world. This lament was written by Jean Trouvères on the Paimpolaise air, a Breton seamen song.

07- Promenade sur les Plaines d'Abraham/ Walking on the Plains of Abraham ( 2006) The Plains of Abraham hold their name from Abraham Martin, a contemporary of Champlain, who used to feed his herds on them. The Plains of Abraham were the historic site of two great battles: the first won in 1759 by the English James Wolfe against the Marquis de Montcalm troops; the second won in 1760 by the knight of Lévis against James Murray. In 1908, thanks to George Garneau, mayor of Quebec City, and the Governor General of Canada, Lord Grey, the Plains of Abraham became a national park- the first one developed in Canada- for the third century of Quebec City. This piece is a program ragtime. On August 1908, a young man strolls on the Plains of Abraham recently developed. He hears a ragtime melody coming from a nearby house and gradually in his reverie he hears the songs of the nations's founders...

08- On Traverse à Lévis/ Swimming across to Lévis ( 2007) The city of Lévis, founded in 1861, was named for François-Gaston duke of Lévis ( 1719-1787), the last French General to win a military battle in the Nouvelle France ( 1760 ). So near and at the same time so far from Quebec City due to the St.Lawrence River between, Lévis offers the most beautiful points of view on the Capital. This piece is a program ragtime-jig. On a hot July day, two intrepid young men from Quebec decide to swim across the St.Lawrence River ( jig ) to visit their girlfriends in Lévis. At the end of the day, they swim back to Quebec, remembering agreeable moments.

09- Allo Central ( 1908 ) The telephone is used commercially for the first time in Quebec in 1878. Gradually all the city people could use it. This comic song was published in the Ouimetoscope collection. It talks about a young couple having problem with their telephone call. The piece was adapted for Quebec City.

10- Le Pont de Québec/ Quebec City Bridge ( 2006) The construction of the longest cantilever bridge in the world was achieved in different steps: the beginning of the construction was in 1900; the first collapse was in 1907; the workers came back to work in 1910; the second collapse was in 1916; the end of the work was in 1917; the official inauguration of the bridge was in 1919. This piece is a program ragtime evoking the enthusiam of the workers ( parts A and B ), the distress and pain of the families stricken by the catastrophe ( part C ), the coming back to work and the pride of the Quebecois in front of that civil engineering masterpiece ( repeat A and D ).

11- Le Fleuve St. Laurent/ The St. Lawrence River ( 2005 ) The St.Lawrence River is the south border of Quebec City and is at the origin of its foundation. That river, which for a long time was the only communication route between the cities of the Nouvelle France, is today a major waterway in North America and the natural habitat of thousands of marine species.
This romantic piece express the majesty, the quietness, the power and let us hope the eternity of the St. Lawrence River.

12- Une Soirée au Capitole de Québec/ A Night at the Capitole of Quebec City ( 2007 ) The Construction of the Auditorium of Quebec City began in 1902 and was inaugurated in 1903. It was for a long time the largest entertainment place in Quebec City. It presented classical music concerts, theatre performances and variety shows. In 1929, its name was changed for the Capitol. It was transformed into a movie theater in 1930. In 1992, after important renovations the Capitole of Quebec became again an entertainment place. This piece is a traditional blues transformed into a ragtime in order to evoke one evening of varieties at the beginning of year 1920.

13- La Huronne ( 1861 ) The Huron ( or Wendats ) First Nation originated from the southern Ontario. They were almost exterminated by the Iroquois. Around 1649, a small group of Hurons settled near Quebec City in what will become the indian
reserve of Wendake also called the Village Huron. This music written by Celestin Lavigueur ( 1831-1885 ) on a Pierre Gabriel
Huot (1828-1913 ) poem. Both were native of the St. Roch district in Quebec City. The song, written in 1861, was very successful. The Huron tribe even adopted it as their anthem for a time.

14- Le Ragtime de Québec/ Quebec City Rag ( 2005 ) piano solo

15- Bonsoir mes Amis Bonsoir ( 1875 ) Célestin Lavigueur ( 1831-1885 ) wrote this short song to avoid singing the God Save the Queen at the end of a performance as was the tradition in Quebec City at that period. Our arrangement comes from the one written in 1908 by Joseph Vézina ( 1849-1924 ), an orchestra conductor and composer of Quebec City.

The members of the band Québec 1908 are:
Johanne Gagné : vocal
Louis Gérin : piano, back vocal
Jean-François Laprise: clarinets, back vocal
Daniel Marcoux : upright bass
Denis Pouliot : drums, back vocal
Judith Turcotte : flute, piccolo, back vocal
Guest artists:
André Larue : saxophones
Jacques Lavallée : violin
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