Veleta Pierrrette

hways

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The story also recalled by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach
for "Poor Pierrot" in The Cat and The Fiddle, 1931

Harry

----- Original Message -----
From: "Fiona Grant" <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx>
>
> Pierrot And Pierrette (Leo Edwards) (Feb 1, 1916) is a Waltz listed in the
> contents of the Rudolf Wurlitzer Company's Roll Number 6521 (Estimated
> issue
> date: mid 1916). Wurlitzer tunes were very popular as dance tunes in the
> first half of the 20th century, especially I imagine when played on
> Wurlitzer organs in the many palais de danses of the time, and still one
> such organ today in the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.
>
> Wurlitzer organs were also often found in cinemas and the tune may have
> been
> composed to accompany the silent film:
> When Pierrot Met Pierrette (1913) a silent black and white movie
>
> The Veleta is a waltz which became and is still popular at Ceilidhs and at
> Old Time dances.
>
> Ian Powrie lists on one of his recordings Pierrette (Veleta) indicating
> that
> the tune he plays can be used for the Veleta dance. Maybe Bobby Crowe is
> indicating that he is playing this tune for those who wish to dance the
> Veleta, as opposed to the tune usually played for the Veleta.
>
> I don't have access to the Crowe and Powrie Pierrette recordings to
> compare
> with the Wurtlizter music, but it would make sense if they were one and
> the
> same tune.
>
> Anyone else have an inkling?
>
> Best wishes
> Fiona
> Bristol
>
> Who were Pierrette and Pierrot? Usually seen as the clowns in French
> Pantomime wearing spotted clothes and conical hats. Sometimes lovers.
> Sometimes siblings. Origins in European folk tales. For info on their
> aliases see:
> http://www.tias.com/articles/buttons/archives/98_08_23/articles.html
>
>
> And here is one version of the story:
> Pierrot et Pierrette, frère et sueur, habitent dans une roulotte avec leur
> grand-père, ancien chef de piste dans un cirque. Pour gagner leur vie, ils
> chantent dans les rues et semblent très heureux. Mais une dame
> "charitable"
> intervient, déterminée à placer le vieil homme dans une maison de retraite
> et les enfants à l'orphelinat. Pierrot et Pierrette s'enfuient et tombent
> aux mains d'un marchant ambulant qui veut les exploiter...
>
>
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