A mazurka (#141) in the Bal Folk Tune Book Project, written by Chris Shaw. The video footage comes from a walk Sunshine and I took on the ice on David Pond, in Fayette, ME. Played in Gm on my Dino Baffetti F/Bb/Eb box.
Mazurka de Lapleau & Les Filles de Saint Nicolas
A mazurka and then a 2 beat bourrée because why not? These are tunes 169 and 133 in the Bal Folk Tune Book.
Mazurka Sainte Colombe and Friend
Two mazurkas for you. Mazurka Sainte Colombe (#123) and Tiro l’Auto (varsovienne) (#130). I’m not sure what the varsovienne thing is — there are a number of tunes with that appellation, and they have a rhythmic similarity, but I don’t know if it’s a particular dance or if it’s just supposed to indicate its provenance coming as a waltz from Vienna (even though it’s a mazurka). So there.
Love on the IV Chord (Bal Folk #26, 131, 132, 140)
Something of a theme for this entry in the Bal Folk Tune Book Project. I noticed that a number of mazurkas I play have a characteristic of beginning the B section with the IV chord. It creates a lovely sense of levitation and, if the song were telling a story, I think that’s when you would know the two of them were really in love!
It happens often enough in mazurkas that I am beginning to think this is a defining trait of a subset, but it doesn’t only happen in mazurkas. As I was recording the mazurkas, I remembered the tune, “Mominette” (by Maxou, in the tune book as untitled #26), which also goes to the IV chord at the B section and is quite lovely (especially as the A section has a ominous tone. Will things work out??? Yes, yes they will. You know because of the IV chord.)
Also, with the mazurkas, the first is a sans nom tune that I began to call “Hannibal’s Mazurka” some years ago (I was teaching the ancient Romans at the time). If anyone knows a different name, let me know. I can be taught!
Two Mazurkas (#126 and 128)
A friend pointed out that I hadn’t done any mazurkas, yet! Here are two. One is untitled, the other is called Mazurka Auvergne — but aren’t they all from Auvergne? Hm. Check out the Bal Folk Tune Book Project!
I wrote this “mazurka vite!” 27 years ago on the occasion of my nephew’s birth. I recently revisited it. Been working on video skills and decided to add whistle and guitar. It was very fun! Sheet music below.