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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2018, 05:00:43 PM »

Oh so many great uploads!  :||:

In other news: I managed to record one of the mazurkas I'm currently learning. I'm not perfectly happy with the recording but it's as good as I can manage to pull it off at the moment. Still some more practicing required. (:)

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/mazurka-manana-take-2

It's the song from my earlier teaser: Mazurka Mañana from Les Zéoles. I love those two ladies and their playing. This is the first of their songs that I've learned, but it will definitely not be the last one.
For reference, here's a recording of the song from one of their live performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CozOezCNih4
I still have to learn a lot about the dynamics and softness they put in their songs. And there's a variation of the B-part which I'm not entirely sure how to play, so I left it out for now. Room for improvement, so to say.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2018, 02:31:17 PM »

Here's the pdf of a Mazurka I wrote this morning. Hope to record it later today.
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2018, 03:07:47 PM »

Here's the pdf of a Mazurka I wrote this morning. Hope to record it later today.

Looks promising and sounds good in my head. Looking forward to listen to the recording (:)
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2018, 03:09:47 PM »

In other news: I managed to record one of the mazurkas I'm currently learning. I'm not perfectly happy with the recording but it's as good as I can manage to pull it off at the moment. Still some more practicing required. (:)

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/mazurka-manana-take-2


Beautiful!

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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2018, 03:16:49 PM »

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/mazurka-manana-take-2

It's the song from my earlier teaser: Mazurka Mañana from Les Zéoles. I love those two ladies and their playing. This is the first of their songs that I've learned, but it will definitely not be the last one.
That sounds great. I emailed them yesterday for their song book, but it is not easily available from the website, you have to contact them to set up a bank transfer, and there is no downloadable version.
In the meantime, I don't suppose you have the dots for this tune do you?
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2018, 05:00:10 PM »

Here's a recording of Mazurka for Rosie.

Still not playing much, and I must say coming back to the Serafini, I'm finding it surprisingly unresponsive especially at low air volumes. Can anyone tell me if reeds become sluggish after time, and then need adjusting? Notes are quick to die and slow to speak.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2018, 11:49:07 PM »

Here's a recording of Mazurka for Rosie.

Still not playing much, and I must say coming back to the Serafini, I'm finding it surprisingly unresponsive especially at low air volumes. Can anyone tell me if reeds become sluggish after time, and then need adjusting? Notes are quick to die and slow to speak.
That sounds just great Pete. I didn't notice whether the reeds are unresponsive but this could be due to my non-musical ear. It sounds like a superb mazurka - hesitant, expectant and sensuous. You notice that I didn't use the the main S word here - reckon I was black balled last time I associated Mazurkas with the S word.
Before Edward kicks off, I'll post Rue des Pres tomorrow warts and all.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2018, 02:02:45 AM »

Mazurka de Comptoir, one of my all time favorites.

https://accordeonaire.com/2018/04/15/mazurka-de-comptoir-2/

Mazurkas are so cool.

Here's another one from a few days ago that I posted, of the super sexy variety.

https://accordeonaire.com/2018/03/15/duo-abbas-theze-mazurka/
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2018, 10:10:10 AM »

There are lots of lovely listening pieces showing up, but I prefer my mazurkas the Morvandelle way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDDajHN30i8
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2018, 08:06:37 PM »

In the meantime, I don't suppose you have the dots for this tune do you?

No sorry, I've learnt it by ear. I could sit down and do the notation if anyone needs it. Would take a bit of time though.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2018, 08:39:06 PM »

That is ridiculously mesmerizing. What are the qualities that make it Morvandelle-ish?

There are lots of lovely listening pieces showing up, but I prefer my mazurkas the Morvandelle way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDDajHN30i8
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2018, 09:59:47 PM »

That is rid0iculously mesmerizing. What are the qualities that make it Morvandelle-ish?

I have to be careful here, because I am not an expert and I have been known to grab sticks by the wrong end and I am happy to be corrected. I believe this to be a traditional Morvandelle piece written by Morvandelle musicians for dancing in the Morvandelle fashion, performed, here,  at the Fête de la vielle Anost, a Morvandelle  festival that seems to feature melodeons and hurdy gurdies. I came across this tune first in Mike Gilpin's excellent little book "Dansons La Morvandelle"

So far as musical characteristics go, it is faster and brighter than  mazurkas I  hear from elsewhere, possibly because they have preserved their "country dance" style, rather than succumbing to the current trend to slow mazurkas down to the point where they become a "smoochy" dance. Nothing wrong with smoochy mazurkas, of course, I just like this way of playing them. The hypnotic quality is, as you say, mesmerising.

Here's another Morvandelle mazurka played as a listening piece by Arnaud Le Chambre, a musician I think is well worth listening to. I don't know where he's from, but he captures what I mean.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHoXH4tF2xE

Here's a lesson in how to dance it Morvan style. Compare it with other mazurka dance videos posted. The music starts about a minute in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi39FhC6IpA



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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #32 on: April 18, 2018, 07:28:09 PM »

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/rue-de-pres-dune-mazurka-take-1

Lovely song by Stephane Durand which I'm playing in 3/4 time on this recording. Apologies to the composer and everyone who doesn't like altering songs. I personally very much enjoy playing this song in 3/4 time and I call this rendition of the tune "Rue de près d'une mazurka". Sorry for the bad pun. (:)
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2018, 07:46:31 PM »

So I'm in the mood to record today. Here's another one. Far from perfect. But far enough to be recorded. (:)

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/fubu-mazurka-take-1
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #34 on: April 18, 2018, 10:40:31 PM »

Those are both very sweet, Fred.

Here's another from me. The video is a suite three tunes. The first is a mazurka that I wrote, "The Egret's Aggression." https://accordeonaire.com/2018/04/18/suite-des-aigrettes/
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2018, 10:43:17 PM »

Those are both very sweet, Fred.

Here's another from me. The video is a suite three tunes. The first is a mazurka that I wrote, "The Egret's Aggression." https://accordeonaire.com/2018/04/18/suite-des-aigrettes/

Thanks! I've been listening to your suite earlier today. Compliments for writing those three tunes. I personally prefered the sound and feel of the first one, the mazurka. Keep them coming  :||:
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #36 on: April 18, 2018, 11:48:01 PM »

Bravo Fred. Two words that look ridiculous in typing. Nice one, Fred. Or Bravo, Frederico. Anyway, thanks for the contributions and well played.
As for Gary, I don't think the first one is a Mazurka, but rather one of those nice switches between 2 and 3 metres, which I have so much time for. The A section is strongly in 2, and the B section in 3. Theo will know what I mean.
Thanks, both. Fred and Gary. Two names rarely linked with French folk. As my 16 year old daughter constantly says, 'Game changer'.
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Re: Theme of the Month for April 2018: Mazurkas
« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2018, 12:25:55 AM »

Very nicely done Fred. Give yourself a day or so,  to disengage yourself from the process of recording,  and I think you will realise that sounds great.
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« Reply #38 on: April 19, 2018, 12:32:48 AM »

Thank you Gary. I especially love the first tune with its rhythmic shifts.
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« Reply #39 on: April 19, 2018, 04:21:15 AM »

Thanks, everyone. I'll have to think of that rhythm shift ... very Alsatian thing to do. The sheet music is in three, the execution in two. Hm. I surprise myself.   8)

And as for the name "Gary" in French trad, I must admit, when my French friends address me, I do feel a need to apologize for getting my name stuck in their throat.
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