piano, violin, viola and cello

Red River Fantasy is based on a Métis fiddle tune called The Red River Jig after the dance it accompanies, most likely adapted from little bits of Scottish and French-Canadian fiddle tunes. Métis fiddle tunes are famously ‘crooked’, meaning phrase lengths are not consistent, bar lengths are not consistent, and there is a particular kind of flow to the tune that feels like it starts and stops in surprising places. This piece reflect the respects and reverence I feel for the recordings of the great fiddlers I’ve heard play The Red River Jig, such as Andy De Jarlis, John Arcand, and Grandy Fagnan.

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