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Kujawiak – A Famous Polish Dance by Henryk Wieniawski

The Kujawiak by Henry Wieniawaski belongs to the preferred pieces for recitals of young violin players – you can find many examples as youtube videos – here you can see the Kujawiak played by young violinist Martin Zayranow from Bulgaria:

Martin Zayranov Wieniawski Kuyawiak.avi

During the late 19th century this famous piece was also played by mandolin players. In 1894 Jean Pietrapertosa published his arrangement for the mandolin. I do also own a version for Mandolin Solo published in the collection A Variety of Mandolin Music – here is a screenshot from the first part of this arrangement:

In the english Wikipedia you can find the following description:

The Kujawiak is a Polish folk dance from the region of Kujawy in central Poland . It is one of the five national dances of Poland, the others being the krakowiak, mazur, oberek, and polonaise.

The music is in triple meter and fairly slow. The dance usually involves couples walking gracefully in a quarter-note (UK: crotchet) rhythm, on slightly bended knees, with relaxed turns and gently swaying. Women’s Kujawiak dances are also performed.

If you play a folk dance it is always recommended to watch a real dance to get a godd impression about the tempo and mood of the dance. This is a video with a danced Kujawiak:

You can find the complete original score for the Kujawiak by Henry Wieniawski in the IMSLP library (see below).

The piece is not that difficult, and sounds great with the chords on mandolin.

Let’s end this post with two great version played on the violin:

Henry Wieniawski “Mazurka”

Piotr JANOWSKI violin, “Kujawiak” by Henryk Wieniawski

More Information

Wikipedia  about Henryk Wieniawski: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Wieniawski

Free scores by Henryk Wieniawski in the IMSLP archive: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Wieniawski,_Henryk

Some other versions of Kujawiak dances from the ABC site: http://abcnotation.com/searchTunes?q=kujawiak&f=c&o=a&s=0

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Benzinho – A Great Choro by Jacob do Bandolim…

Benzinho is Chor No. 15 in the Songbook Choro which contains 97 typical Choros from Brazil. This is one of the often played and well known Choros by Jacob do Bandolim.

Here are some videos of Benzinho. First I have a typical Brazilian version from a pub with a lot of noise – but thats how it sounds in Brazil:


Then a version with two guitars, a more jazzy version:

Michele Ramo & Howard Alden “Benzinho”

Finally a version by a group named Choro Bandido, with the solo played on a violin – not very typical for Brazilian choro – but very interesting:

Choro Bandido – Benzinho

You can find a lot of other versions of Benzinho at youtube – which is your favorite version?

Playlist Songbook Chor 15 – Benzinho

Additional Information

More posts about choros from Songbook Choro:

Acoustic Disc website Acoustic Disc

Choro Bandido website, with many more sound examples: http://www.chorobandido.co.uk/



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Ricardo Sandoval and Alexis Cardenas – Recoveco – Great…

Ricardo Sandoval was born in Venezela, but he lives in France now. He plays the mandolin and the typical Venezuelan instruments cuatro and bandola llanera. In 2007 he played together with his band Recoveco on the french television. They played a piece composed by Ricardo Sandoval name Ibagué me quieras. In this video Ricard Sandoval played the mandolin:

RECOVECO sur France Musique

“Ibagué me quieras” de Ricardo Sandoval / Recoveco en el programa de Arièle Butaux “Sur tous les tons” / France Musique – Radio France

Another member of Recoveco is the fantastic violin player Alexis Cardenas. Alexis Cardenas is known as a classical violin player, but he also plays the music of his homeland Venezuela very well.

In this video Recoveco plays their version of a Pajarillo, a very popular tune in Venezuela, which goes back to the Spanish fandango nad is usually played on the Venezuelan cuatro. Alexis Cardenas combines this tune with barock music by J. S. Bach – a very interesting combination of styles. Later a long solo part played on the maracas follows, and then the plucked instruments take over the lead. Ricardo Sandoval plays the venezuelan cuatro in this video. This is really good music, I have watched the video several times – enjoy this!

YouTube – Alexis Cardenas y RECOVECO

See also: Pajarillo – The Cuatro Venezolano – Venezuela

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