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Theme Of The Month For September, 2014: Something Classical

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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!

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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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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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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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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.

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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.com/user827948939/audio-recording-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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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.com/user827948939/audio-recording-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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I think your first recording is your Morse and second is Jeffries

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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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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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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

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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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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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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.

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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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