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Theme Of The Month For September, 2014: Something Classical


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#1 Jim Besser

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 09:18 AM

Randy Stein suggested this theme, and I was a little apprehensive, since my classical concertina repertoire consists of exactly one tune, and I am a truly awful notation reader. And I play Anglo, not exactly an orchestral instrument.

 

But the TOTM forum is all about stepping outside our musical comfort zones, right?  So I'm game to give it a try. How about you?

 

This month's theme challenge: classical music on concertina.

 

Take a snippet of your favorite piece, or do something longer. Do it in true 'classical' style, or do something to make it your own.  Play from dots or get creative and elaborate on the piece. Take part of a classical piece and turn it into a Morris tune, or, I suppose, play a Morris tune that's been incorporated into a classical piece, a la Percy Grainger.

 

I know there's a lot of creativity out there; this is a chance to demonstrate it!


Edited by Jim Besser, 21 August 2014 - 09:33 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:17 PM

Good theme as far as I'm concerned. I had a tune I wanted to do for tunes in 3 but circumstances meant I didn't get round to it. It will fit this month's theme just as well so maybe I'll be able to get it done.



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 08:18 PM

Good theme as far as I'm concerned. I had a tune I wanted to do for tunes in 3 but circumstances meant I didn't get round to it. It will fit this month's theme just as well so maybe I'll be able to get it done.

 

Looking forward to it!
 



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Posted 02 September 2014 - 11:12 PM

 I had a tune I wanted to do for tunes in 3 but circumstances meant I didn't get round to it. It will fit this month's theme just as well so maybe I'll be able to get it done.

 

Ditto.  :)



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 10:45 AM

As I said, I have limited experience playing classical music (actually, none). But I learned this march - written by George Frideric Handel in the early 1700s  for his opera Scipione - from the great version by Andy Turner on the Anglo International CD. Having not looked at notation and not being familiar with the tune in its classical setting, it may not sound at all classical, but there you have it.

 

Since we have been discussing traditional vs hybrid concertinas in various threads in the 'general' forum, I recorded this on two G/D Anglos - one a Jeffries with traditional reeds (duh) and one a Morse with accordion reeds. Can you tell which is which?  When playing, they sounded very different to me; on the recording, less so, although I can still tell the difference.

 
 

Edited by Jim Besser, 05 September 2014 - 10:49 AM.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:04 AM

My guess is _1 Jeffries, _2 Morse.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:58 PM

So Jim brow beat me to post because it was my suggestion.

Here is my attempt at  Brahms' Waltz in A Major. A little rushed because recording makes me a little furklempt.

 

https://soundcloud.c...rding-on-friday

 

Boris and Serge used this to teach phrasing. It has a wonderful piano accompaniment but not in this recording.

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 06:07 PM

So Jim brow beat me to post because it was my suggestion.

Here is my attempt at  Brahms' Waltz in A Major. A little rushed because recording makes me a little furklempt.

 

https://soundcloud.c...rding-on-friday

 

Boris and Serge used this to teach phrasing. It has a wonderful piano accompaniment but not in this recording.

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I"m glad I browbeat you; that's great. 



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Posted 06 September 2014 - 10:48 PM

I think your first recording is your Morse and second is Jeffries

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 12:28 AM

Having taken up the challenge of learning and recording something new in the past, I feel like relying on an already posted tune for a start here since I've just been returning from a lovely holiday and lots of work to do - will come back to the thread later on.
 
So here's my first entry:
 

"Bach" Minuet


(frome the Notebook, music by Christian Petzold in fact, however JSB seemed to have liked it, and with good reason!).

 

Best wishes - Wolf



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 02:18 AM

That is a bit cheeky Wolf,

 

you have put this one up before... yes I know it is a nice piece of Bach... very friendly and etc etc. :)



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 05:02 AM

That is a bit cheeky Wolf,

 

you have put this one up before... yes I know it is a nice piece of Bach... very friendly and etc etc. :)

 
Well, I did it for the first time in 18 months, and I pointed to the fact:
 

...relying on an already posted tune for a start...

 

Anyways, I might have to act slightly more cheekily or boldly from time to time I'd guess...  :ph34r:


Edited by blue eyed sailor, 09 September 2014 - 06:25 AM.


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Posted 09 September 2014 - 05:42 AM

Cheeky though it may be, that is nice Wolf. I hadn't heard this one. I'm hoping to get posted a duet of Bach's Minuet No. 2 as a duet with my daughter on viola, so this is an inspiration to keep the effort going. 



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 06:44 AM

Having taken up the challenge of learning and recording something new in the past, I feel like relying on an already posted tune for a start here since I've just been returning from a lovely holiday and lots of work to do - will come back to the thread later on.
 
So here's my first entry:
 

"Bach" Minuet


(frome the Notebook, music by Christian Petzold in fact, however JSB seemed to have liked it, and with good reason!).

 

Best wishes - Wolf

 

Re-posting appropriate tunes is perfectly - well, - appropriate. I've done it too.

 

Nicely done.



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 01:00 PM

Nightengale Sernade by Enrico Toselli (1883-1926)

 

https://soundcloud.c...7948939/sernade



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 11:46 AM

Nightengale Sernade by Enrico Toselli (1883-1926)

 

https://soundcloud.c...7948939/sernade

Gee Whiz, Randy, your playing is a delight every time.  What a pleasure

 

 

And Wolf -- "Cheeky" or no, I enjoyed the Bach as much as the first time.  Thanks for posting it again and giving me another listen.  

 

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:40 AM

Not the tune I originally planned (still ongoing) but here's a lute song but done with concertina.

 

Never Weather Beaten Sail

 

Written by Thomas Campion and first published in 1613. I've accompanied myself on my Morse CG Anglo.


Edited by Tootler, 15 September 2014 - 10:42 AM.


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Posted 15 September 2014 - 06:48 PM

A nice one Geoff, and you really give it a Renaissance feel with your restraining and strict chording...

 

Welcome to the self-accompanied song - department here with this successful debut!

 

And as to my own instrumental contrib, thank you very much for the kind words Jim, Sarah, and Brandon (looking forward  to listening to your duet!), very glad it's appealing to you!

 

Best - Wolf






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