Cruzatte Plays and Sings

Cruzatte's Fiddle

Daniel Slosberg as Pierre Cruzatte describes the instrument he plays.

V'la l'bon vent

Daniel Slosberg as Pierre Cruzatte sings a French voyageur's song.

Fisher's Hornpipe

Daniel Slosberg as Pierre Cruzatte plays one of the most popular tunes in the Lewis and Clark period

Two more tunes that Cruzatte might have played on the expedition: Rose Tree and Old French.

Daniel Slosberg represents Pierre Cruzatte in his own widely acclaimed production for schools and other venues, A Musical Journey on the Lewis & Clark Trail. For more information, visit Dan's Web site.


1. Toward the end of the twentieth century the electric violin emerged in the vernacular tradition. With the sound digitally synthesized, and modifiable to a player's taste, the resonant hollow body became unnecessary, and was replaced by a more durable solid body.

Recommended reading:

Robert R. Hunt, "Merry to the Fiddle: The Musical Amusement of the Lewis and Clark Party," We Proceeded On, Vol. 14, No. 4 (November, 1988).

Joseph Mussulman, "The Greatest Harmoney: 'Meddicine Songs' on the Lewis and Clark Trail," We Proceeded On, Vol. 23, No. 2 (August, 1997).