Dona Bleska (Doudlebska Polka)
|Niels Mejlhede Jensen, Bøgeløvsvej 4, 2830 Virum, Denmark. e-mail (web master)|
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Photo 1 of this week: Dancing Doudlebska Polka at the Open Air
Museum (in a northern Copenhagen suburb) with Fiddlers' Dance. Everybody
is invited to join in dancing. A short explanation of the dance is given,
and our dancers assist. This here is from a summer day in the month of
August. Next time we will be there is the monday of Pentecost: 24th of
May 1999 at 2 - 4 a clock afternoon, hopefully also a summer day. It is
a splendid museum with a lot of old farm houses.
Photo 2: Hygge (= cosiness)Garden party after dancing 2 hours at the Open Air Museum. We visited the folk dancers here at this house many times, in their big nice garden down to a little romantic lake. First we relax here, with a cup of coffee or tea and home baking - from the hosts or brought by the guests. Then we play music and dance on the lawn. The house here is special for a family town house in Denmark: wooden house with grass on the roof. This style is occasional used for summer houses, also modern, to make them fit into nature. The area here is a northern suburb of Copenhagen, that some years ago had some summer houses for Copenhageners.
Dance of the week, 1999, April 26:
The melody can be heard in midi on computer piano in my tempo (if you
have a sound card). (The melody will loop here until you stop it. In the
table below it will play once). (I have not played the tunes here with
the "drive" I want for dance music).
|1||melody||the traditional good dancing melody, polished through generations of use on the fiddle|
|Midi metronome = 110||simple (folk music) chords, natural for playing the accordion;
these chords are used to make the other parts or voices in triad harmony;
there should be no tension from dissonance anywhere including in octave
|2||A||(Above), parallel part nearest above in third or little more above|
|3||B||(Below), parallel part nearest below in third or little more below|
|4||ns||simple n part; often with the tonic feeling and often with the basic dance rhythm ("motor part"), but for the dance here the dynamic motor is better revealed in e.g. C1 and n1.|
|5||C1||C parts are made from A and B parts, and so they are two parts to the melody|
|6||C2||C2 is less simple than C1|
|voice up and down (mostly) contra to the melody; it is also made from A and B|
|8||n1||n is a less constricted part, and tones from the melody are freely included|
|12||blank||.||blank staff for making your own part according to the principles here|
(The midi music is not repeated, except for 1' and 2' voltas).
Use also octave, up and down.
Where wanted, notes can be changed according to the principles (use a colour pencil), e.g. to improve the B part with some notes from A.
The music is aimed at dancing, so part of the orchestra can be the underlying "motor" when another instrument group is playing its "solo" part (improvisation) as one of the many repetitions.
The double bass may play its usual notes, because of its low pitch.
It is better to choose a more simple part and play it well.
Accordion: beats per bar: 2+2 (In phrase 3 the clapping is aided
for less experienced dancers by giving 3 beats of single bass + chord per
bar: beat 1, 2, 3, like given in the C1 part).
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