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    Gypsy, Yiddish and Old Folk Songs and Dances

    I’ve recently started collecting dances and songs from native/ethnic sources. Hope you enjoy these few examples. None have dates of composition and often information on a piece is not available although it may be well known in that place. Some are available only in modern arrangements. Yet they are each remarkable in their own way.

    1. Romanian Gypsy Song
    Romica Puceanu -
    Didina
    Didina Mea
    http://www.**************/?nyvqkjnlohf

    2. Yiddish/Oriental Dance
    (Known in Turkey around 1900 and later used in clubs and restaurants before the 1930‘s)
    Spiel Klezmer

    http://www.**************/?znqzt0mjzzz

    3. Polish Traditional Melody
    (Collected late 19th century and arranged from around 1920)
    Mazowsze
    Ges Woda

    http://www.**************/?jl3ynymym3y

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    Ever listened to Stephen Foster's folk music like "My Old Kentucky Home,
    and Oh Susanna, and other songs like that? He wrote a lot of them.
    I also pleasure in listening to the sounds of spanish music. I think I know
    what you are talking about when you mention yiddish folk dance music.
    I've heard it which there are many. Rejoice O Daughter of Israel is one
    of them.
    judy tooley

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    Hi there,

    There is some info available on Mazowsze. It is a well-known Polish folk group. Here's the article from Wikipedia. And here you can listen to some samples of their music.

    And by the way. The title you mentioned written with Polish diacritics is Gęś Wodą.


    Cheers
    Last edited by Mat; Nov-30-2008 at 18:32.
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    Mat, it still won't play on my computer.
    judy tooley

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    Judy,

    You need to have the Realplayer to play those. It works for me.

    And you can always watch some of their videos on youtube.
    Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by methodistgirl View Post
    Ever listened to Stephen Foster's folk music like "My Old Kentucky Home,
    and Oh Susanna, and other songs like that? He wrote a lot of them.
    I also pleasure in listening to the sounds of spanish music. I think I know
    what you are talking about when you mention yiddish folk dance music.
    I've heard it which there are many. Rejoice O Daughter of Israel is one
    of them.
    judy tooley
    Hello there methodistgirl,

    Yes, I have read about Stephen Foster and his great music. I read that he was sometimes so inspired and other times he went alone in to a wheatfield and cried. I have an old recording of 'My Old Kentucky Home' and a friend of mine recommended it to me.

    Best wishes

    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat View Post
    Hi there,

    There is some info available on Mazowsze. It is a well-known Polish folk group. Here's the article from Wikipedia. And here you can listen to some samples of their music.

    And by the way. The title you mentioned written with Polish diacritics is Gęś Wodą.


    Cheers
    Thanks Mat.

    Yes, Masowsze are really very good. Thanks for the information. Polish music is so very nice and it's nice to share with others. I am still learning about Eastern European music generally. Thanks for your help. Great to share these wonderful things !

    Robert

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    Just gorgeous! Thanks Robert, they are on my desktop and will be clicked on regularly. Any thoughts on klezmer? http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=DkmFgQ9fM94 is just one example or this http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpqVYvPIv1s

    Makes me smile, even though I'm a lapsed Protestant.

    Cheers

    Vicki
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tûrwethiel View Post
    Just gorgeous! Thanks Robert, they are on my desktop and will be clicked on regularly. Any thoughts on klezmer? http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=DkmFgQ9fM94 is just one example or this http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpqVYvPIv1s

    Makes me smile, even though I'm a lapsed Protestant.

    Cheers

    Vicki
    Hi there Vicki,

    Great stuff ! You ask if I've any thoughts on Klezmer music. Well, I find it to be amazing - truly amazing stuff ! But I've only lately listened to any of it closely. I think it's the most extraordinary, living and profound music I've come across for a long time (and that includes even jazz). Now I can listen to it with the music of Bach etc. quite happily. Both are so rich, so marvellous. It seems there's a Klezmer music from virtually every country of the western world. It's quite wonderful and so refreshing. I will find and post some more soon. Great to share it, to respect it.

    Best wishes

    Robert

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    Three more treasures from folk/traditional music - these from Russia, Poland and Egypt/Morocco. The first (for some reason) was difficult to record from an old vinyl record but it's wonderful. Polinoff was an incredibly talented balalika player. Hope you agree it has survived all the scratches etc. Anyway -

    1. Russian Folk Music
    'Karaboushka'
    Sasha Polinoff (Balalika)
    Theodore Bikel
    from -
    Vinyl record - 'Songs of a Russian Gypsy' (recorded live New York around 1961)

    http://www.**************/?diyju5ha5gm


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    2.
    Polish Folk Song
    Ej Przelecial Ptaszek
    Mazowsze
    Polish Folk Music Polskie

    (A beautiful Polish folk song arranged in different forms since the early 20th century).

    http://www.**************/?awd5yjw1jty

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    3.
    Egypt/Morocco
    Musica Arabe Omar Faruk
    Egyptian/Moroccan Dance
    (Known from around 1910)

    http://www.**************/?tzmryzmtzzn

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    Scottish Folk Music
    Medley of Scottish Folk Songs
    Jimmy Shand and his Band

    http://www.**************/?2mmtmzkkkkk

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    I like that kind of music too. Here where I live you will hear mostly Blue
    Grass music like in country music from Kentucky or Cajin music. If you
    listen to Irish music and then blue grass from Ky. you will notice that
    blue grass orginated from Irland. Songs like Foggy Mountain Breakdown,
    and also the so new Irish You lift me up.
    judy tooley
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    Hi there methodistgirl,

    I think every place has its own music. It's good to hear it. One of the great composers (Dvorak) said the best music comes from the earth where people live. So, although each kind is different I still like it and appreciate it. Perhaps there's no really 'global' music as such and we must just appreciate the great variety and the skill/musicianship of these different people. I notice the larger and more rich nations use ethnic music quite a lot in their own commercial industries. For example, folk songs of Polynesia are often similar in style to 'crooners' of the USA in the 50's and 60's. But the USA has its man own regional forms of music which are wonderful as you say.

    Regards
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    I a lot of folk music Gospel music plays a major role in it. It depends on
    the country. Here it's Southern Gospel with it's wholesome sounds of
    voices blending in with someone playing a fancy style on the piano or
    guitar. This kind of music will lift your spirits and make you feel wonderful.
    judy tooley

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    Hi Robert,

    Many years ago when I was a child, our family would have the radio on. There used to be a programme on called The White Heather Club, it was Scottish music with Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart and Moira Anderson. So that music takes me back, thank you.


    Margaret

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