modern / trad. – New dance tunes
“Tradition is the passing on of the fire and not the worship of ashes.” (Gustav Mahler)
After the ‘Schnurrpfeiffereyen’ and ‘Ein gutter nerrisch Tantz’ by Martina Sirtl, the series ‘modern / trad. – neue Tanzmelodien’ a new, trend-setting series for the folk dance scene has been published by us.
Schottisch, Waltz, Mazurka, Polka are only some of the most common couple dances, which are widespread in many parts of Europe and for which we publish new melodies with this series.
Only through constant change and renewal does a dance festival (or bal folk) remain as good as it once was. Dance music has evolved creatively since the folk revival of the last decades, not only in France, Ireland or Scandinavia. In German-speaking countries, too, there has been a colorful music and dance scene for some years now, inspired by the traditional music of our neighboring countries and equally rooted in our own musical past.
The in modern/trad. The newly composed dance pieces with a view over the edge of the plate are thus in the best tradition, are in the best sense ‘new German folk dance music’!
And dance music should go to the legs, should not be cerebral, should sound light and yet not banal. Therefore, when selecting the melodies, the main emphasis was placed on good playability and the fun of making music together!
Volume 2 waltz and polka
Johannes Mayr and Christoph Pelgen have now compiled the second volume from numerous submissions. Again you can find beautiful, rousing (and of course again only newly composed) waltzes and polkas. Also these melodies – about 47 waltzes & 28 polkas – were composed by musicians known and appreciated in the scene.
The proven concept of the first volume was adopted.
The dances are suitable for the common musical instruments and again care has been taken to ensure that they are playable on drone instruments such as bagpipes or hurdy-gurdy (in G/C tuning) with respect to key and range in most cases.
The book comes with an excellent accompanying CD, recorded by the
on which all melodies can be heard.
‘modern / trad. Band 3 / Cercles and Bourrées’ is now in planning!
The two editors, Johannes Mayr and Christoph Pelgen, have now started the second round and are looking for beautiful, stirring (and of course again only newly composed) cercles and bourrées for the second volume.
So, if you have composed melodies and would like to make them available for this series, please send them to our publisher or the authors. Once the selection is made, we will contact the composers and discuss the organizational aspects.