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Clive Williams

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Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:44:58 AM »

Hi all - we'll try mazurkas, a curious little hopping 3/4 time type dance so-to-speak. These things occur in lots of different countries music, and frankly mean different things to different people, so let's keep it general; don't mind if it's an Irish, French or Hungarian mazurka; it's all good here.

If you don't think you know any, you do - L'Inconnu de Limoise which we've already done as a TOTM is a classic. If you can play that tune and jump into another tune without the rhythm changing significantly, the other tune is a mazurka. Simple as that!

For anyone lacking inspiration, there's a whole bunch of them, here: http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/topic,8584.140.html when we ran this theme 6 years ago (gosh!) and from where, the eagle eyed will notice I nicked this intro text!

Good luck, and there's some beautiful tunes out there so let's hear a few!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 09:27:49 AM »

Oooh, I’m pleased about that, I love mazurkas!
I learnt this one and recorded it about 3 years ago and I still play it at least once a week, I love it so.
https://youtu.be/GSyatFTLWeA
I promise to learn a new one this month!  ;)
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 02:40:12 PM »

Based on Clive's summary of what may constitute a 'Mazurka' this tune by Adam Garland leapt from the 'to do' pile. I suspect that Adam plays it as an 'air', but what are airs for!

https://youtu.be/ssYCCfQzEas

All the best

Bill
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 04:39:25 PM »

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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 01:34:24 PM »

And again I have noticed that I love Mazurkas. The softness and power which they convey at the same time feels almost perfect to me.
For this month's TotM I have already started to learn 4 (!) different mazurkas and each of them has a special something to it which brings me forward and helps me with getting better. (:)

For now I don't have a complete recording to share with you but I want to post a little teaser of one of the songs I'm currently working on:
https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/20180410-teaser

Have fun!

P.s.: Bonus points for whoever knows the song  ;)
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 01:43:38 PM »

Based on Clive's summary of what may constitute a 'Mazurka' this tune by Adam Garland leapt from the 'to do' pile. I suspect that Adam plays it as an 'air', but what are airs for!

https://youtu.be/ssYCCfQzEas
Bill, that is really lovely! I'm unclear on the difference between a mazurka and a "fast waltz" but whatever that's categorized as I enjoyed it very much.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 09:08:48 PM »

Sure sounds familiar, Fred, but I cannot place it...
Please tell us!
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 10:38:07 PM »

Lovely tune Fred...missus and cat just gone to bed otherwise would be mazurking around the living room...(which reminds me to learn Mazurchat - by Stephane Delicq...)

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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 10:53:48 PM »

Sure sounds familiar, Fred, but I cannot place it...
Please tell us!

I will of course tell you once I finish the practicing and have gotten a decent recording of the song. (:)
For now I'll leave this teaser as what it is, maybe someone will still guess it.  :||:
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2018, 09:01:30 AM »

For anyone looking for a mazurka to love, here are some of Maarten Decombel's finest Belgian ones, plus a melancholy few of my own.
https://youtu.be/XNjOqCx35Mo
https://youtu.be/3GW9XyJwuCU :'(
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2018, 04:18:37 PM »

For anyone looking for a mazurka to love, here are some of Maarten Decombel's finest Belgian ones, plus a melancholy few of my own.
https://youtu.be/XNjOqCx35Mo
https://youtu.be/3GW9XyJwuCU :'(

Thanks for sharing these!
Since I'm at it, I might as well also learn your Horsley mazurka in E minor which fits rather nicely on my D/G Loffet. Only problem is that I don't have a D# ... playing D instead seems lackluster. Would you feel insulted if I alter the piece to fit my box?
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2018, 07:42:11 PM »

For anyone looking for a mazurka to love, here are some of Maarten Decombel's finest Belgian ones, plus a melancholy few of my own.
https://youtu.be/XNjOqCx35Mo
https://youtu.be/3GW9XyJwuCU :'(

Thanks for sharing these!
Since I'm at it, I might as well also learn your Horsley mazurka in E minor which fits rather nicely on my D/G Loffet. Only problem is that I don't have a D# ... playing D instead seems lackluster. Would you feel insulted if I alter the piece to fit my box?

I'm very grateful that you'd want to learn my tune. Thanks.  you are most welcome to modify the  phrases to avoid D# while still fitting the chords, e.g. on bar 3 you could go  G F# E  G F# E,    or  G F# E E F# G.  And bar 4 could just be a long B.
Thanks, and don't forget to post your version.

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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2018, 03:48:52 PM »

Here is my contribution to this month theme :

https://soundcloud.com/larrydondaine/mazurka-a-blin

It's a tune from Mister Blin, who was a fiddler and lived in the Maine region in France (near Laval/Mayenne). Some parts are not as I wished and the rhythm is a bit "shaky" at times, but here it is anyway.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2018, 05:17:21 PM »

Soundcloud says "This track was not found. Maybe it has been removed "
Check URL?
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2018, 05:18:02 PM »

Here's a bash at The Muffler (John Swayne) and Bhaskar's (Barnaby Stradling) from Blowzabella. Interesting (challenging) tunes to play hence a fair few fluffs!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIQWpgX-iCU
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2018, 09:14:07 PM »

Slow day ....

https://youtu.be/k-eA74rnnbk

John Doherty's Mazurka, described as a retreat tune.

All the best

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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2018, 10:58:34 PM »

Soundcloud says "This track was not found. Maybe it has been removed "
Check URL?

Oops here it is https://soundcloud.com/larrydondaine/mazurka-a-blin/s-xfqap
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2018, 11:17:16 AM »

I was going to work on these a bit, but it's rather quiet in here and these didn't come out too badly on the first take. I managed the changes without stumbling too much.

The Long Canoe, Michael Turner's Mazurka(ish) and The Varsovien Mazurka(ish)

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/linconnu-set
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2018, 12:05:14 PM »

I was going to work on these a bit, but it's rather quiet in here and these didn't come out too badly on the first take. I managed the changes without stumbling too much.

The Long Canoe, Michael Turner's Mazurka(ish) and The Varsovien Mazurka(ish)

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/linconnu-set
Well played Greg. Showed some stamina for a long set there - so easy to mess up near the end on a long haul, but you didn't. I also like the corruption 'Long Canoe' - I think I might just steal that. Recently played Napoleon's Grand March at a local session where someone misheard the title as 'Napoleon's Grandma'. That's now stuck.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2018, 12:28:11 PM »


...Showed some stamina for a long set there - so easy to mess up near the end on a long haul...

Thanks. Ssh! Don't tell anyone, but that's why I quit while I was ahead.  ;D

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I stole that from someone on this site. Might have been Helena. Thank you whoever it was.

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...Recently played Napoleon's Grand March at a local session where someone misheard the title as 'Napoleon's Grandma'. That's now stuck.

Bound to stick.All part of the folk process  (:)
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