A contradance tune!
This is a strict form: 8 measures repeated, 8 measures repeated, back to the top. Meanwhile a merriment of dancers line up to enjoy intricate and intimate contact in one of the thousand contradances. Swinging, whirling, the gypsy or the petronella, the wizards’ walk or the hey, a riot of color and grace.
The name of this tune comes from the Qu’Appelle River in Saskatchewan, which in turn takes its name from a story of a Cree brave paddling up the river in a canoe, thinking he can hear a voice from the shore calling to him. “Who is calling?” he asks: “Qui appelle?” in French.
I play piano in a little band named Free Association, and we’ll be playing this Friday night, September 7, 2012, for the contradance in Clarkston, Georgia (in metro Atlanta). Drop me a line if you’d like more details!