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Jean-François "Maxou" Heintzen
Composer, hurdy-gurdy player & piper.
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August 28, 2022 - 6:52 am
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"Maxou" Heintzen caught my ear while listening to Natalie Haas, but I'm pretty sure that his tunes have made their way into a few sessions because Blowzabella has played them.  


"Mominette" - played by Natalie & Brittany Haas with Joe Craven.  They follow this with an unidentified "Breton" tune - at the 2014 Mike Block String Camp.  Wonderful Barndance (aka. "French Schottische", "The Plane Tree")   Sheet Music - thesession.org


"L'inconnu de Limoise" (The Unknown Piper) - a beautiful Mazurka!  Sheet Music - thesession.org

From Simon DS at Mandolin Cafe: 

[L'inconnu de Limoise] ...it’s a lovely true story of some construction workers who were digging to build a new motorway.  They found a shallow grave with a man’s remains in it and alongside the man they found his set of pipes.  One of the lines of the lyrics expresses the man’s surprise to have been sleeping there peacefully for so long and suddenly, impolitely, be moved - for what good reason?  It was an unmarked grave.  The title of the song however, implies that the man was not simply unknown, but perhaps a stranger, a foreigner or someone who is somehow different from the others.

*I messed up - this tune, "Derrière Les Carreaux" was composed by Fréderic Paris (not Jean-François "Maxou" Heintzen)!

"Derrière Les Carreaux" - played by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas from their "Ports of Call" CD.  I can search the French Canadian archive for sheet music, if anyone is interested. 


August 28, 2022 - 9:13 am
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@ELCBK you know more about french styles than I do :--) Listened to those, it's rather nice ! but sounds like there are a lot of tricky double stops in Derrière les carreaux. 


August 28, 2022 - 10:35 am
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@wtw -

🤣 I really don't know much! 

In fact, I screwed up (will edit) - glad you made me take a 2nd look! 

"Derrière Les Carreaux" was NOT composed by "Maxou" Heintzen - it was composed by Fréderic Paris

Fréderic Paris was an accordionist who composed some great tunes, but I also just found he transposed music for "80 Airs Á Danser Du Centre-France"!  (Please see the attachment!)


Here's a wonderful Waltz by Fréderic Paris. 


I try the basic tune, then add in double stops (if I chose to) - this is all just part of my Fiddling Journey - sometimes I try whole tunes, sometimes just parts of them interest me. 😊 

- Emily

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