Valse des Bas de Laine - Woollen Socks Waltz
A very nice waltz, sounds Breton to me… What do you think?
Recorded in 1931 by Edouard Picard:
Original key sounds like C, the ABC is transposed in D
…just because I use melodeons tuned in A, D and G!
Now to listen to this. I just started playing off the dots and immediately went into mazurka mode, swung. Now to see what Edouard Picard makes of it… Another sweet tune québécois…
I meant ABCs, not dots…
Yes!!! ~ Halellujah ~ Another Mazurka!!! 😎
Sorry québécois, yes, it is a mazurka, I could see that right away but reserved passing judgement until I heard him play, beautiful, what lovely bounce. Mazurkas often get filled willy nilly under the the category of ‘waltz’, because of the relative time signatures ~ 3/4, but mazurkas and varouviennes deserve and earn their distinction… They were not uncommon all across North America, French, English and otherwise… This is another sweet tune, thanks, merci!
Of course, if you don’t know how to dance a mazurka, it works great for a waltz too, and also beautifully for another dance from that combines the two, a mazurka-waltz… When a melody became detached from its origins, the dance, a good tune survives for other uses…
“Valse / Mazurka Des Bas De Laine” ~ giving it some play
T: Valse Des Bas De Laine
T: Mazurka Des Bas De Laine
T: Wollen Socks
|: FG |
A2 FA dA | f2 d<A d<A | ge cA ce | ef dA FG |
A2 FA d<A | f2 d<A d<A | ge cA Bc | d4 :|
|: F2 |
G2 GA BG | FA dF dF | E2 cE cE | d2 dF dF |
G2 GA BG | FA dF dF | E2 cE cE | d4 :|
Mazurka it is!
I read lots of discussions regarding Chopin’s way of playing mazurkas and waltzes, it’s apparently all in the accents, like those d<A you indicate, and delays between the 1st and 2nd beats of the bars.
It’s sweet, I can’t shake it. I also tried it with another way with mazurkas, with swing, but I love the way Edouard Picard plays it. I just want to dance and can’t keep still, even sick as a dog… Another closer association is the ‘pols’ of Northern Europe, the Scandinavian countries. There can be a really nice, subtle or very pronounced, emphasis on the 1st and 3rd beat of every bar, with the 1st still being the primary. They are lovely played that way… While Chopin knew dance music, many classical musicians and groups, and orchestras, have no feel for the dance in the form and play dance music minus the dance. It is OK for listening, but it’s more for the head and too often doesn’t move the feet or enter deep into the heart…
I like it also
Thanks for the link to Eduard Picard very necessary, I feel, for us box players to hear original old recordings. I particularly like what he does in bars 3 & 4, & 7 of the ‘B’ music. A pity your abc did not show that but never mind because we have the reording.
I’m contemplating putting it with "Louise Waltz" but it is in the same key, I’m thinking about it………!!