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Un Canadien errant


A beautiful and sad song for all those who miss their homeland (Easy)!   

Pdf sheet music download for Voice (5/6 : Low) and piano  

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Includes : One score (2 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 2/12

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Program Notes on Un Canadien errant by (Anonymous) :

This score is an arrangement of the French Canadian folk song Un Canadien errant for alto voice with piano accompaniment (also available for soprano voice).

It is set in the key of D Major.

The vocal range is A3 to D5.

This beautiful song Un Canadien errant is a traditional French Canadian song.

Ernest Gagnon, in his book Chansons populaires du Canada (Québec, 1865), explains that the melody is that of the French Canadian folk song J'ai fait une maîtresse, or that of its variant Si tu te mets anguille.

The words were written in 1842 by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie (1824-1882).

Gérin-Lajoie, who was then a student at the Collège de Nicolet, was later to become one of Quebec's most distinguished literary men.

He composed the poem Un Canadien errant, about the pain of exile, after the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 and 1838.

When this Rebellion failed, some of the rebels were condemned to death, while others were forced into exile to the United States and other countries.

The song has become a patriotic anthem for those who have at a point in their history experienced the pain of exile, namely for the Acadians, who suffered mass deportation from their homeland in the Great Upheaval between 1755 and 1763.

The Acadian version is known as Un Acadien errant.

The lyrics of Un Canadien errant tell of a sad man wandering in faraway countries. One day, he sits by the banks of a river that flows toward his homeland and asks the river to go and tell his beloved people that he remembers them and that he will cherish his country until his very last breath.

Sources :

French Folk Songs

Associated collections :

Folk & Traditional Songs for Low Voice (Easy)    

Sheet music details :


(A Wandering Canadian - Once a Canadian Lad)
Composer(Anonymous) Opus/catalog numberFolk & Traditional
MovementsAndante Composition/First publicationFrench folk songs
InstrumentationVoice (5/6 : Low) and piano StyleFolk & Traditional
KeyD Major Duration02:22
EditionArranged by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 2/12

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Un Canadien errant

Un Canadien errant,
Banni de ses foyers,
Parcourait en pleurant
Des pays étrangers.

Un jour, triste et pensif,
Assis au bord des flots,
Au courant fugitif
Il adressa ces mots:

"Si tu vois mon pays,
Mon pays malheureux,
Va, dis à mes amis
Que je me souviens d'eux.

O jours si pleins d'appas,
Vous êtes disparus,
Et ma patrie, hélas!
Je ne la verrai plus!

Non, mais en expirant,
O mon cher Canada!
Mon regard languissant
Vers toi se portera..."

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