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Clive Williams

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Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« on: January 01, 2012, 01:55:50 AM »

The people have spoken! This month's tune of the month is Bear Dance, or Berendans, or all manner of other variants.

Due to how it was initially imported into the UK, the standard version played in UK sessions is a simplification of the original, but really, for TOTM, any version whatsoever is welcomed, simplified, anglicised or not.

Courtesy of Lester, here's an ABC:

Code: [Select]
X: 1
T:Bear Dance
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:Em
B2 E2 E4|B2 E2 E4|G2 G2 F2 G2|A4 G2 A2|
B2 B2 A2 A2|G2 G2 F4|E2 G2 FE D2|E8:|
E2 G2 E2 G2|F2 D2 D4|E2 G2 E2 G2|A6 GA|
B2 B2 A2 A2|G2 G2 F4|E2 G2 FE D2|E8:|

... and here's a couple of youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lNJB84Gb-4 , or this splendid version (played on 3 instruments simultaneously!) where the tune is closer to the version I'd expect to hear in England, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOfiRgXV9B8

Good luck, and this is a nice simple one which everyone can have a shot at, so let's see lots of contributions this month!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2012, 11:29:03 AM »

Here's a vid I recorded earlier
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCOcVBrnczc

I will update soon. ;)

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 11:37:10 AM »

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3kC-AF4rC4

It is all in the notes, doubtless the simplified English version, but the context only allowed for the rough and ready.

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2012, 03:26:15 PM »

On my newly acquired Dino Baffetti, a brief rendering of Bear Dance.
http://youtu.be/3FNj_bhiq_Q

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2012, 03:43:06 PM »

On my newly acquired Dino Baffetti, a brief rendering of Bear Dance.
http://youtu.be/3FNj_bhiq_Q

Roger

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2012, 03:48:40 PM »

On my newly acquired Dino Baffetti, a brief rendering of Bear Dance.
http://youtu.be/3FNj_bhiq_Q

Roger

Roger,   Are you really playing it left-handed - or is your camera producing a mirror image?

It's either a camera mirror image or he's playing an itteffaB oniD

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2012, 04:47:18 PM »

Roger,   Are you really playing it left-handed - or is your camera producing a mirror image?

Ah...it's a mirror image. I really need to do something about that. It's the webcam software...

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2012, 04:59:57 PM »

More time-wasting with youtube...

As I share Ollie's view on Bear Dance, I have been trying to find the beauty of it.  There are hundreds of youtubes from around the world!!! So there must be something wonderful about it I haven't found.  Almost all play the simple version,(often claiming it's a medieval Bransle)  which Clive indicates is a Blowzabella simplification of the original Flemish Tunes.
This version seems to work best to me, when it's given a medieval feel with plenty of drones and dancing. I love the Hungarian version below. So here are my favourite Blowzabella versions, until stamina wore out.

BLOWZABELLA  VERSION

From Budapest, with great spirit, dancing and drones
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2AOI8Gwylo&feature=colike
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Spanish/breton  version with an additional C section
http://youtu.be/VjUYTLFhClE


Hector, with an additional  C section and  D section

http://youtu.be/3Utfm5BhDnI

Spanish Guitar
http://youtu.be/QDyk0eQSw8o

For a laugh
Dramatic version
http://youtu.be/v6H69bBZA6I

NON-BLOWZABELLA VERSION
My real search was to find a version I liked better.  And I only found these, with a  B flat and F# in the B music.   But these sound LESS medieval to me than the simpler version, as accidentals are more recent, right?  So where can I find the proper Flemish version that pre-dates Blowzabella?  Is this it?

Kings galliard with  accidentals in B part.
http://youtu.be/6oJElHvoS-g


Another  (Aplusdanslebus)

http://youtu.be/U1zRK2irqgY

Notation:
http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/mirror/home.quicknet.nl/belgium/0001


Then there's the Bartok version.  So I think we should all go with this really:

Bartok version
http://youtu.be/YMoTdcG6gEw

I hope you have spent your New Years Day afternoon more usefully than me!
« Last Edit: January 01, 2012, 06:45:08 PM by Jackhumphreys »
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2012, 07:10:28 PM »

Notation:
http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/mirror/home.quicknet.nl/belgium/0001

That will do nicely. I found some of those YouTubes too, but I wouldn't have known to look for The King's Galliard Good work!  :|glug
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2012, 09:47:57 AM »

Bartok version
http://youtu.be/YMoTdcG6gEw

I see this is described as "From Ten Easy Pieces"!!
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2012, 01:21:59 PM »

Happy New Year everyone - just got back from a week with the folks and due to me getting a lift down I had to leave the box alone for a week - will get going on this tune now.  I think I've played it at sessions once or twice. 
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2012, 01:41:20 PM »

This is a lovely tune!!

The bad news for today is that there are lads in my garden doing the enormous job of fixing the drainage around the house (which in itself is great to get done), which means digging up almost the entire garden, and they just hit an unexpected electricity cable and everything went black.

The good news then is that since I have no electricity I can't work on the trad music magazine I should start with today, instead I can do what isn't dependent on light: start learning to play this tune. It's only the 3rd of the month, and I'm already more or less through the A part. Brilliant!
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 12:19:39 AM »

Bear Dance Mazurka - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUhTr27OYLQ&feature=youtu.be

Played on my Hohner Erika in Bb/Eb.
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2012, 11:21:35 AM »

Hereabove my contribution !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znfHo4jJDUE

Happy new year to everybody ...

oupppsss sorry : I must re-record this vid because I miss half a bar at the end of each part !
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2012, 01:16:54 PM »

Hereabove my contribution !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znfHo4jJDUE

Happy new year to everybody ...

oupppsss sorry : I must re-record this vid because I miss half a bar at the end of each part !

hereabove correct version ... SORRY ;-(
http://youtu.be/7KSafY6Xvzk

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2012, 01:33:14 PM »

Diatosoldo that is a brilliant rendition of the Bear Dance  ;)
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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2012, 05:25:22 PM »

http://youtu.be/70R0cxerNgs
This is my first TOTM and only did a one taker with crap mic, sorry

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Re: Tune of the Month for January 2012: Bear Dance
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2012, 07:14:26 PM »

Diatosoldo that is a brilliant rendition of the Bear Dance  ;)
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