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Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko – Two Greek Folk Dances –…

Some time ago I have discovered a great recording by Christina Pluhar, the Hasapiko from the CD Mediterraneo:

Hasapiko – Christina Pluhar und L’Arpeggiata – CD Mediterraneo

The ensemble L’Arpeggiata plays a long version with many improvisations. You can hear many different instruments like hammered dulcimer, plucked instruments like saz or the Kretian laouto, stringed instruments like the lyra and even the cembalo.

I was very inspired by this video and have compiled further informations about this dance. You can hear many version in the following playlist. In some videos you can hear a sequence that starts with a slow Hasapiko and then goes on with the fast Hasaposerviko.

Playlist Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko

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Clayton’s Grand March by C. D. Blake – Free…

In my sheet music archive I have an edition of  Clayton’s Grand March by Charles Dupee Blake (Sep. 13, 1847 — Nov. 23, 1903), arranged for mandolin orchestra by F. Kollmaneck. Als the copyright of this sheet music has expired I have made a scan of the sheet music – check the free download link below.

Clayton’s Grand March has been published in 1878. The sheet music can be found in two sheet music collections (see below).

C. D. Blake was a very popular composer and he has composed many popular pieces. You can find some information about C. D. Blake in the Petrucci Library.

I have found the following historical recording of the March played by the Victor Military Band in the Archive of thre Library of Congress:

Clayton’s Grand March – Historical Recording (1914) by the Victor Military Band

There are some videos of piano versions, including version for 4 hands and 6 hands at youtube. I have compiled some videos in the following playlist:

Playlist Clayton’s Grand March

Free Download of the version for mandolin orchestra (PDF):

The arrangement is scord for 1st mandolin, 2nd mandolin, mandola, guitar and mando-cello:

Sheet music for piano:
or

Additional information and other free sheet music by C. D. Blake in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):

My link collection about C. D. Blake:

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The Warlocks (Strathspey) – With Sheet Music and Tips…

Yesterday I have played some tunes that I have found on the site of the Scottish Fiddle School in Boston some time ago. Especially the first tune in the 2003 collection is a great tune that I like to play – “The Warlocks”.

I have found some  youtube videos of the piece:

Strathspey, March, and Reel

A slower version – The Warlocks starts at ca.  4:22.

Warlocks

An awkward occurence in some tunes is having to play notes on the same fret on adjacent strings. Here Nigel Gatherer demonstrates his method of approaching the problem, using a 19th century fiddle tune – The Warlocks – as an example.

Playlist The Warlocks

Sheet music can be found on the site of the Scottish Fiddle School in Boston – more information in the following post:

Scottish Fiddle School – Jigs and Reels, Strathspeys and Waltzes – Free Sheet Music for Fiddle, Cello and Mandolin

The sheet music collections for the last years are available on: http://scottishfiddleschool.org/music/

Enjoy playing “The Warlocks”!

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Ryan’s Mammoth Collection – More than 1000 Irish Tunes…

Durning my holidays this year I had taken with me a book from which I like to play every now and then:

300 Fiddle Tunes – Fiddle Songbooks

published by Hal Leonard. This book is a collection of 300 Irish pieces for fiddle or mandolin, and almost every piece in this collection sounds great and is fun to play. This book is very cheap and it is niclely illustrated. It does also contain some basic introducory notes for the different styles of Irish music. If you like Irish music and want to have it in a nice book you should have a look at this collection.

When I played the music I remembered that I had already found out that this collection is based on an old collection of Irish tunes, and so I tried again to find the source for this edition. The tunes are taken from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, a collection of more tan 1000 Irish tunes. The collection is available as free download on the following site:

I have found some videos with performances of tunes from Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, this is the band Pendragon with some of the tunes:

PENDRAGON “Ryan’s Mamouth Collection” I

An even better resource can be found on the site of the ITMA – Irish Traditional Music Archive . There you can get all the tunes as interactive scores, you can display the music and listen to the sound, change the speed and even the key. That’s great to learn the tunes and practice them. (The website has changed in the meantime since this was posted – you can find score in the “text” page, recordings on the “sounds” page)

PENDRAGON “Ryan’s Mamouth Collection” II

More videos with Pendragon in the youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/georgerd1/videos

Playlist Ryan’s Mommoth Collection

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Website of the band “Pendragon”: http://www.pendragoncelticmusic.com/

ITMA website with interactive scores, recordings, videos, pdf downloads, and more – a great website about Irish music in general.

http://www.itma.ie/