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Greek Music for the Mandolin

Last year I have made several videos with Greek music. I have recently been asked about where to get this music to able to play it. In this post I will give some sources for sheet music of Greek folk tunes.

Playlist Greek Music for the Mandolin

Sources for Greek music

The book that I am using has the title: Folk Songs and Dances
Harmonization G. Mavromoustakis
Published by Edition Do.Re.Mi – Thessaloniki – Greece 1980

I have found part of this book again at musicnotes.com. If you search for Greek Folksongs you can find several tunes in the identical easy piano arrangement (by Jonathan Robbins).

You can find a great selection of Greek folk tunes on the site www.foldies.de on page Noten
(you must use the selection “Noten” on the left top side).

Another large collection of Greek folk dances can be found on the site folkloretanznoten.de

The French site vitrifolk has another great collection of Greek Tunes

The collection of Greek tunes on the site bouzoukispot.com is also very useful for mandolin players. On the main page you can find more links for Greek sheet music and Tabs.

Playlist Hasapiko Politiko

Playlist To Rinaki

Playlist Hasapiko

Additional information

Link collection Greek music / sheet music

Link collection Folk Dance

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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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Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – Hot Fiddles from Cool Scandinavia

Frigg – a folk and dance band from Finland – will take part in the folk festival in Rudolstadt, Germany this year. Last year Frigg were on tour in the UK and in Switzerland.

Frigg has published 5 CDs and is very successful in Scandinavia. The last CD Polka V has got several awards including the “most successful album of 2012”. You can find more about the awards on the Frigg website.

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During an interview by the Philharmonie of Luxemburg Anti und Esko Järvelä of Frigg told about their music. The energy in the music needs to be transformed to a dance movement. Frigg wants to support the folk dance tradition of the North European countries

The sound of Frigg is based on the virtuoso playing of three or four fiddles. The fiddles play together in unison or in arrangements for several voices. The fiddles are accompanied by guitar, mandolin and double bass. Even the most complicated rhythms are played in perfect interplay. Most of the pieces are compositions by Frigg in the typical nordic style, inspired by the folk music of Scandinavia. Rock and Jazz elements or influences from folk dances of Eastern Europe are also included.

This is a video recorded last year with three tunes:

FRIGG I BODA 2012

The interview with Anti and Esko Järvelä:

Frigg interview @ the Philharmonie Luxembourg

My Frigg Playlist

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Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim – A Folk Dance…

In the homepage of DUNAV – a homepage dedicated to the folk danes of eastern Europe and Asia – I have recently discovered this simple but anyway interesting folk dance tune:  Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim

The melody is composed of only 5 different notes, but it is possible to play this tune for a long time without becoming bored. It is also a nice tune for children as you can see in some of the videos that I have found.

Very interesting is the following video by the group Bustan Abraham from Israel. The tune starts with an improvisation on a banjo the sounds like it would introduce a bluegrass tune – but then follows the Turkish folk dance tune Tin Tin Tini Mini Halim for almost 10 minutes. Unfortunately this video is no more available – I have found another great version here:

Tini mini hanem

Tini Mini Hanem performed April 10, 2011 at Sanders Theatre by the Zamir Chorale of Boston conducted by Joshua Jacobson and members of Bustan Abraham with Mehmet Sanlikol. www.zamir.org.

Here another version with a group of woman who dance to the music:

In my playlist I have collected many difrerent versions, played by different groups as well as sung versions.

Enjoy this folk dance from Turkey: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim!

Playlist: Tin Tin Tini Mini Hanim

Additional Information

Lyrics with translation to English: http://www.shira.net/music/lyrics/tini-mini-hanim.htm

Sheet music and lyrics: http://www.frmartuklu.net/muzik-turleri-ve-enstrumanlari/129432-tin-tin-tini-mini-hanim-notalari.html

Sheet music – on the homepage www.baglamist.com you can find more sheet music of Turkish music: http://www.baglamist.com/t/tini-mini-hanim.htm

DUNAV Homepage – a great source vor video clips, sheet music, recordings and dance instructions: http://www.dunav.org.il/