Transcription: Stephane Wrembel “Bistro Fada”
I’ve been home all weekend with a cold so last night I watched Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (highly recommended movie by the way!). All through the movie they used this wonderful Gypsy guitar piece by the great Manouche player Stephane Wrembel. I woke up this morning with this haunting melody still in my ears, so I headed over to eMusic and bought a copy! Then since I wasn’t feeling well enough to go anywhere today, I decided to transcribe it. The song is called “Bistra Fada” and it can be purchased from emusic and iTunes. Get your copy and start shedding today! Fun stuff!
Some notes about the piece: Following an 8-bar chordal intro, this song consists of 3 basic melodic sections:
A – The main theme is 32-bars long in E minor. It’s repeated the first time through (for a total of 64-bars).
B – Serves as a “Bridge” and is 16-bars long and starts on the B7. It is also repeated for a total of 32 bars.
C – is 32 bars long in the key of G Major and serves as new contrasting material.
This song follows a “Rondo” form AA BB A C A. Notice that each section internally consists of two halfs with a first and second ending (in other words, the 32 bar A and C sections are divided into two 16-bar halfs, while the 16-bar B section consists of two 8-bar halfs). Breaking the form down in this way makes learning and memorizing a new song much easier.