Gruncharsko Horo slip jig

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Gruncharsko Horo has been added to 2 tune sets.

Gruncharsko Horo has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Gruncharsko Horo
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:DE EDB, E2E2|EF G2D G2G2|GA B2A GFE2|GFD ^CB, E2E2:|
|:GA B2A GFE2|GFD ^CB,^CD EF|GF A2F G2G2|F2D ^CB, E2E2:|
|:{d}e2 e2d e2e2|e2 e2d dcB2|d2 edc B2FA|{c}d2c BA B2B2:|
X: 2
T: Gruncharsko Horo
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:GA AGE A2A2|AB c2G c2c2|cd e2d cBA2|cBG ^FE A2A2:|
|:cd e2d cBA2|cBG ^FE^FG AB|cB d2B c2c2|B2G ^FE A2A2:|
|:{g}a2 a2g aa aa|g g2 fee ee2|g2 agf e2Bd|{f}g2f ed e2e2:|
|:d2 def g2fe|fed ec d2cB|AAA Bcd2 cB|cBA BG A2A2:|

Eight comments

Gruncharsko Horo

The middle tune in Andy Irvine’s “Pamela’s Ruchenitsa” set. Expect the first tune in another week or so. The third, Bakers Dozen, is already in.
Whoops. Forgot to insertthe manual 9/8 signature. oh well. Pretend its a barn dance.

Pamela’s Ruchenitsa

This is a great tune, and with all three parts to this set it should keep us busy for a long while. Excellent job Neil…………….so whats next East Wind……………………KS

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For a nice collection, I recommend:

“The Balkan Folkdance Music Gig Book”
by Maimon Miller - a fine fiddler, musician and person

Available also from Andy’s Front Hall:

Basically, for those with the curiosity, the rhythmic definition is in long (3 count) and short (2 count) beats, and a knowing percussionist is nice to have on hand, to give that extra swing at 1 and the following two beats, in that swing and roll. And here’s a 9/8, a count shared but not the same between the Balkans and Eire, for example:

|N3 N2 N2 N2| long-short-short-short

or as given here:

|N2 N3 N2 N2| short-long-short-short

It’s the way you tap your feet, or the beat you follow in dancing to this dance music…

Gruncharsko Rhythmic Grouping

The grouping of notes in the transcription seems a little misleading; the rhythm should be 2322 throughout (at least on the Bulgarian original; I don’t have Andy’s recording to compare it to). I forget who the original Bulgarian recording was (original meaning “where Andy learned it from”); I think it was a live recording of a clarinet player. I have the cassette somewhere.

The Gruncharsko 9 (2322) is relatively rare in Bulgaria; Daichovo (2223) is more common.

Great transcription work nonetheless, Neil. These tunes are really cool, and it’s good to have someone around who is clued up and can write transcriptions you can actually use to learn the tune from, as opposed to the no-barline 51/16! tunes you find elsewhere on the net.

Gruncharsko Horo, X:2

Just changed the first couple measures of the 3rd (I think) line, because I didn’t like all those high As in a row.
Please excuse my bad abc notation. 🙂

Re: Gruncharsko Horo

Finsko is correct, these Bulgarian tunes are dance idioms so they’re consistent.

You wouldn’t hear an Irish band playing for dancers jumble the bars of a reel playing some bars 4+4 and others 2+3+3 and others 3+2+3, it wouldn’t make any sense for the dancing.

Yet when Irish or Scottish player play Bulgarian tunes they often jumble the rhythms in a way that wouldn’t make sense to Bulgarian dancers or musicians.

BTW a guy who had a Doctorate in music was telling me that Bulgarian tunes are “random” and have no consistent rhythm! I was gobsmacked. “It’s DANCE music” I told him. I asked “how can you have a roomful of dancers in perfect sync with the band if the music is random?”