Monday, August 8, 2011

The passing of a master

Philippe Bruneau died on August 8, 2011.  His daughter, Joanne Bruneau, wrote an obituary on the Centre Mnemo website. (In French.)  (Note that the original date of his death as announced was August 7, which his family has now corrected to August 8, hence the discrepancy in some earlier obituaries.)

There is a Facebook tribute page here. (Mostly in French.)

His rhythmical style of playing dance tunes on the melodeon will always be remembered. I'll never forget the first time I heard a recording of Monsieur Bruneau playing a 3/2 brandy -- it still takes my breath away.  Please use the comment feature below to post memories of Philippe Bruneau and his music. 

(Video from Youtube.)


  1. "Un Canadien Errant." Virtuosity in the service of emotion combined with a profound respect for tradition. The world lost a great musician.

    Thanks, Andy, for providing this space.

    Jeff (the other Jeff) from QueTrad

    1. Promis Andy je vais mettre quelquechose