Mazurka (Auvergnate)

Mazurkas seem to be moving towards the bouncier edge of the spectrum — more of a dotted-eighth-sixteenth feel. In Pignol and Milleret’s instructional books, mazurkas are consistently notated in 9/8! I play this particular mazurka with fairly straight eighths. It’s in the “Bal Folk” tune book as an unnamed mazurka from Auvergne (it’s number 76 in the blue book). The first recording I heard of it was this track, “Soirée Auvergnate” by Joseph Aigueperse, from 1933.  Here’s my take on it:

Youp’ Nanette (2-Beat Bourrée)

I’ve been swamped this summer by work obligations and summer course work. I’ve also been playing a regular gig at the Theater at Monmouth, a fantastic Shakespearean repertory theater here in Maine (doing a fantastic King Lear this summer). Tonight, I took a break from it all and just played for a few hours. Towards the end, just as evidence of the event, I recorded this 2-beat bourrée. Enjoy.

 Gotta figure out what to do about accordion-face.