Varsovienne mazurka

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Varsovienne
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B>c d>B G2 | B2 A4 | A>B c>A F2 | e2 d4 |
B>c d>B G2 | d2 e4 | G>A B>c B2 | A2 G4 :|
|: d2 e>e e2 | e2 d4 | d2 c>B c>e | d>c B4 |
G>A B>^A B>^A | B>^A B4 |1 A>B (3cdc B2 | A2 G4 :|
2 A>B c2 B2 | A2 G4 ||
X: 2
T: Varsovienne
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc d2 G2|B2 A4|AB c2 F2|e2 d4|
Bc d2 G2|d2 e4|GA B2 c2|A2 G4:|
|:d2 e2 e2|e2 d4|B2 c2 c2|d2 B4|
GA B2 B2|B2 B4|AB c2 B2|A2 G4:|
|2 AB c2(step) B2(step)|A2(step) G4(step):|
X: 3
T: Varsovienne
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d2 e2 fg|fe d4|B2 c3 d|c2 B4|
B2 B3 A|BA B2 G2|B2 c2 B2|A2 G4:|

Four comments

Varsovienne

The ‘Albion Dance Band’ recorded a version of this one, along with a version of the usual ‘Shoe the Donkey’ (Versevanna). It has an interesting variation to the usual rhythm of ‘chucka bang bang’, |NN N2 N2|…

The Albion Dance Band
"The Prospect Before Us"
1976, BGO Records BG0CD486

Bare Bones:

|:Bc d2 G2|B2 A4|AB c2 F2|e2 d4|
Bc d2 G2|d2 e4|GA B2 c2|A2 G4:|

|:d2 e2 e2|e2 d4|B2 c2 c2|d2 B4|
GA B2 B2|B2 B4|AB c2 B2|A2 G4:|

I will be offering up one of the hybrid dances for this tune, ‘Varsovienne/Mazurka-Waltz’, as this tune might carry it nicely. The last two bars of the B part of this bare version of the tune would fit the one I have in mind well, as it finishes with a four step pivot, or as it is referred to by some Irish dancers, the ‘double’, and for the Germans out there ‘dreher’…

|2 AB c2(step) B2(step)|A2(step) G4(step):|

- - - The Varsovienne Hold - - -

Ola! Anyone who stumbles across this. It is about ‘ORIGINS’. While previously I’ve mentioned as ‘original’ a hold called and known as ‘The Varsovienne Hold/Position’, and several other names, and I’ve described it, and it is the ‘original’ one I was taught, I’ve never been able to find a description, text or illustration, that is pre-twentieth century. The hold described or illustrated for the Varsovienne in any of the 19th century manuals I’ve had my mitts on, from the 1850s up to ‘the turn’, give a basic ballroom/waltz hold for the dance. I am still researching this and digging deep, but if anyone out there has a source, living or otherwise, I’m interested. The liklihood is that there will be overlaps, but hey, that’s the business and the weave of this kind of madness…
I still love what has come to be known as ‘The Varsovienne Hold’, and which is still current in Eire and elsewhere, from the old dances to folks dressing up like cowboys and cowgirls with the occassional "Yee-Ha!" Well, maybe I can do without the latter connection…
;-P

Another Part B - from another source

|:d2 e2 fg|fe d4|B2 c3 d|c2 B4|
B2 B3 A|BA B2 G2|B2 c2 B2|A2 G4:|