Skelton’s mazurka

Also known as Dziekowice, Mazurka Auvergnate, Mazurka De Barbary.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Skelton's has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Skelton's
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG GF G2|DB BA B2|cB AG FG|AG FE D2|
DG GF G2|DB BA B2|cB AG FA|1 G3z GE:|2 G3z Bc||
d2 de dc|B2 G2 AB|c2 cd cB|A3z Bc|
d2 de dc|B2 G2 AB|cB AG FA|1 G3z Bc:|2 G4 z2||
K: Dmaj
Ad dc d2|Af fe f2|gf ed cd|ed cB A2|
Ad dc d2|Af fe f2|gf ed ce|1 d3z dB:|2 d3z fg||
a2 ab ag|f2 d2 ef|g2 ga gf|e3z fg|
a2 ab ag|f2 d2 ef|gf ed ce|1 d3z fg:|2 d4 z2||
X: 2
T: Skelton's
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3GFE|D>G G>F G>B|D>B B>A B>d|c>B A>G F>G|A>G F>E D2|
D>G G>F G>B|D>B B>A (3Bcd|c>B A>G F>A|G2 G2:|
|:B>c|d2 d>e d>c|B2 G2 A>B|c2 c>d c>B|A2 A2 (3ABc|
d2 d>e d>c|B2 G2 A>B|c>B A>G F>A|G2 G2:|
X: 3
T: Skelton's
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D>G G>F G2 | D>B B>A B2 | c>B A>G F>G | A>G F>E D2 |
D>G G>F G2 | D>B B>A B2 | c>B A>G F>A | G4 :|
d2 d>e d>c | B2 G2 A>B | c2 c>d c>B | A4 B>c |
d2 d>e d>c | B2 G2 A>B | c>B A>G F>A | G4 :|
A>d d>c d2 | A>f f>e f2 | g>f e>d c>d | e>d c>B A2 |
A>d d>c d2 | A>f f>e f2 | g>f e>d c>e | d4 :|
a2 a>b a>g | f2 d2 e>f | g2 g>a g>f | e4 f>g |
a2 a>b a>g | f2 d2 e>f | g>f e>d c>e | d4 :|
DG GF G2 | DB BA B2 | cB AG FG | AG FE D2 |
DG GF G2 | DB BA B2 | cB AG FA | G4 :|
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A4 Bc |
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | cB AG FA | G4 :|
Ad dc d2 | Af fe f2 | gf ed cd | ed cB A2 |
Ad dc d2 | Af fe f2 | gf ed ce | d4 :|
a2 ab ag | f2 d2 ef | g2 ga gf | e4 fg |
a2 ab ag | f2 d2 ef | gf ed ce | d4 :|
X: 4
T: Skelton's
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | AG FE D2 |
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | A2 G2 :|
d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A3 A Bc |
d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | cB AG FA | A2 G2 :|
X: 5
T: Skelton's
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | AG FE D2 |
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG |[1 A2 G4 :|[2 A2 G2 Bc ||
|: d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A4 Bc |
d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | cB AG FG |[1 A2 G2 Bc :|[2 A2 G4 |]
X: 6
T: Skelton's
R: mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | AG FE D2|
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FA | G2 G2 :|
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A4 Bc |
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | cB AG FA | G2 G2 :|

Twenty-one comments

This one isn’t “daggy”

I learned this Italian tune from Mayo flute player Paul Smyth’s solo album. It originally comes from another flute player John Skelton, and hence the title. But does anybody know the original tune or song?

Skelton’s…

It’s a cool tune: I particularly like the way the rhythmic structure and how it changes between the sections. That leads me to believe it’s Breton in origin. Thanks for posting it: it will work well on the hurdy gurdy!

This isn’t Breton but French, though as a nice tune it has probably spread, as it has to this site. It’s from the Massif Central and is in the first volume of the Collection by the same name, tune #75:

"The Massif Central Tune Book No.1"
compiled by Mel Stevens
Dragonfly Music, 1987
- in two volumes…

Skelton’s

I’ve just listened to the midi and it doesn’t sound anything like a mazurka.You should post mazurkas in a dotted rhythm.

Ignore the midi file.

|:(3GFE|D>G G>F G>B|D>B B>A B>d|c>B A>G F>G|A>G F>E D2|
D>G G>F G>B|D>B B>A (3Bcd|c>B A>G F>A|G2 G2:|
|:B>c|d2 d>e d>c|B2 G2 A>B|c2 c>d c>B|A2 A2 (3ABc|
d2 d>e d>c|B2 G2 A>B|c>B A>G F>A|G2 G2:|

This is another one that for some reason I find myself throwing in the occassional ‘snap’…

Mazurka of many names and places ~ here given in G & D ~ with and without >

~ another way to view slainte’s transcript, first with the usual swing given, with > ~

X: 1
T: Skelton’s
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Gmaj
|: G>E |\
D>G G>F G2 | D>B B>A B2 | c>B A>G F>G | A>G F>E D2 |
D>G G>F G2 | D>B B>A B2 | c>B A>G F>A | G4 :|
|: B>c |\
d2 d>e d>c | B2 G2 A>B | c2 c>d c>B | A4 B>c |
d2 d>e d>c | B2 G2 A>B | c>B A>G F>A | G4 :|

X: 2
T: Skelton’s
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Dmaj
|: d>B |\
A>d d>c d2 | A>f f>e f2 | g>f e>d c>d | e>d c>B A2 |
A>d d>c d2 | A>f f>e f2 | g>f e>d c>e | d4 :|
|: f>g |\
a2 a>b a>g | f2 d2 e>f | g2 g>a g>f | e4 f>g |
a2 a>b a>g | f2 d2 e>f | g>f e>d c>e | d4 :|

& without >

X: 1
T: Skelton’s
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Gmaj
|: GE |\
DG GF G2 | DB BA B2 | cB AG FG | AG FE D2 |
DG GF G2 | DB BA B2 | cB AG FA | G4 :|
|: Bc |\
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A4 Bc |
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | cB AG FA | G4 :|

X: 2
T: Skelton’s
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Dmaj
|: dB |\
Ad dc d2 | Af fe f2 | gf ed cd | ed cB A2 |
Ad dc d2 | Af fe f2 | gf ed ce | d4 :|
|: fg |\
a2 ab ag | f2 d2 ef | g2 ga gf | e4 fg |
a2 ab ag | f2 d2 ef | gf ed ce | d4 :|

“Sonny’s” / “Sonny Brogan’s Mazurka No.63” ~ a rescued duplication

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on July 29th 2008 by jimmydearing.
~ /tunes/8758

X: 1
T: Sonny’s
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Gmaj
|: GE |\
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | AG FE D2 |
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | A2 G2 :|
|: Bc |\
d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A3 A Bc |
d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | cB AG FA | A2 G2 :|

Sonny’s Mazurka No.63
I found this tune on a long-forgotten website some years ago, and haven’t been able to find it since. But this was the title given. On the website it was a .gif file, and followed Mazurka Nos.1 and 2. I thought, how odd that the next would be No.63, but chalked it up to "the Irish sense of humour." I’ve never heard it anywhere else.

# Posted on July 29th 2008 by jimmydearing

Perhaps this is where I got it — Steve Mansfield’s site lesession.co.uk, repertoire of Eng. ceili band Shake the Dice. The "Brogan’s" and .gif file I claim to have seen were my memory fabrications.

Hmm.. already wearing my hair shirt. Where’s me whip?

My abc-search didn’t turn it up, possibly because of the slightly diffrerent phrasing.

# Posted on July 29th 2008 by jimmydearing

Mazurka ~ & also played in the keys of A & D, examples in D given

‘French’ origins ~ but it is a melody that has gotten passed around over time, as have many…

"The Massif Central Tune Book No.1"
Compiled by Mel Stevens
Drgaonfly Music, 1987
Tune #75: Mazurka ~ ‘gan ainm!’

Here’s another transcription, from our ABC tutorial guru Steve Mansfield, but no mention as to where he picked this up, though it is in several printed collections, past and present… The two transcripts linked to are the same as that shown…

LeSession ~ Steve Mansfield
http://www.lesession.co.uk/index.htm

Music: Tune collections
http://www.lesession.co.uk/music/index.htm

Tune file from Le Grand Session de Manchester
http://www.lesession.co.uk/music/lgsdmweb.abc

86 British and French dance tunes from the repertoire of English ceilidh band Shake The Dice
http://www.lesession.co.uk/music/ShakeThe.abc

X: 131
T: Mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: GMaj
|: DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | AG FE D2 |
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG |[1 A2 G4 :|[2 A2 G2 Bc ||
|: d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A4 Bc |
d2 de dc | BA G2 AB | cB AG FG |[1 A2 G2 Bc :|[2 A2 G4 |]

We used to play a set that included "Sonny Brogan’s", the one most are familiar with, and we did it in a set of three that included this French mazurka, and another… Am I guilty of the name confusion?

In the early days of this site I had submitted some of those non-Irish tunes, this one included, and at the time, under a stricter regime and a tighter definition, those un-Irish things, though played in sets with Irish things and even ~ dare I say ~ in Ireland ~ went "POOF!" ~ and that includes this deal old melody.

No wonder I was deepening the furrows of my forehead and repeating "Huh!" & "Damn it, I know this!" & "I know this is here, somewhere!?" But, hey, what’s new, eh? At least I got my answer…

“The Massif Central Tune Book No.1” ~ for further comparison

Compiled by Mel Stevens
Drgaonfly Music, 1987

Tune #75: Mazurka ~ ‘gan ainm!’

X: 75
T: Mazurka
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Gmaj
|: z2 |\
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FG | AG FE D2|
DG GF GB | DB BA Bd | cB AG FA | G2 G2 :|
|: Bc |\
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | c2 cd cB | A4 Bc |
d2 de dc | B2 G2 AB | cB AG FA | G2 G2 :|

There are two in this series, two collections packed with lovely tunes. It is a shame the Dragonfly publications are no longer available…

Where’s me hair shirt and whip? ~ Mea culpa! ~ Mea culpa! ~ Mea culpa!

& NO!!! ~ I NEVER CALLED IT "SONNY BROGAN’S" ~ it was just something we put alongside "Sonny’s Mazurka"…

"Sonny’s / Sonny Brogan’s / Johnny Doherty’s /
Vincent Campbell’s ~ (etc…) Mazurka"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on February 2nd 2006 by AlBrown.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5476

Another melody that takes the name can also be found here, and the two can also be found together ~

"The Irish / Sonny’s ~ (etc…) Mazurka"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on January 2nd 2003 by Trevor Jennings.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1276

😏

It was driving me crazy, as I was sure this was already here in some form or key or variation, straight or swung… Now I know why, the peculiar grouping of notes in 4 and 2 per bar. I was sure it was here, and thanks to slainte’s quick recognition, here it is…

Jim-san, we have played this tune several times in Tokyo, and I always forgot to ask where you learnt it. I picked it up off Mayo flute player Paul Smyth’s recording. I’ve never heard it anywhere else. Anyway, we play the same version of the same tune whatever it’s called, and wherever we heard.

# Posted on July 29th 2008 by slainte

Aabb

I’ve been familiar with this tune since the early 70s, along with the dancing, as a two-parter, but we did also play it in other keys, and sometimes we’d play it in these two keys in a set… I’ve only ever known it as a French mazurka… I’ve heard it, danced to it, and played it ~ with a number of French bands and musicians, including in French Canada, Quebec, and in France itself…

Later we also played it in a set with "Sonny’s Mazurka" (Sonny Brogan’s), as mentioned and linked to above…

Thanks ‘c’ for your advice via email. I’ve just edited the notation. Obviously I’m not an expert in notating a mazurka.

I forgot to add that Paul Smyth actually plays the tune in G twice or three times, and then plays it in D together with the piper Michael Cooney.

😉

Don’t devalue yourself slainte ~ you do a fine job. Thhis was just a quirk. We all have them, and I am not innocent there by any account. Thanks for making it easier to find in a search, and for clarifying how they played it too…

Your contributions are very appreciated by me, which I hope you realize…

I used to play this tune on the Hurdy Gurdy during the seventies. Iearned it off an lp of music from the Auvergne by the French group ‘Gentiane’ which was one of the vehicles for Bernard Blanc and Jean Blanchard.

# Posted on July 30th 2008 by kilfarboy
https://thesession.org/members/22439

“Sonny’s Mazurka No. 63” ~ Jimmy’s duplication survives

Also known as ~ "Dziekowice", "Mazurka Auvergnate", "Mazurka De Bar"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on July 29th 2008 by jimmydearing.
https://thesession.org/tunes/8758

"Mazurka De Barbary" ~ which was cut off at ‘Bar’, just previous…