Week 2: Ballads and Barcarolles
Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of "Song and Dance" practice challenge!
Choose a piece that is inspired or transcribed from a song or a dance. It could be a lively south-american danza, a passionate tango, a serene romantic lied, or a poignant aria transcribed for the guitar. You're welcome to explore pieces from unfamiliar composers or challenge yourself with a complex work.
Commit to daily practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice every day and upload at least two videos each week to illustrate your progress. This will not only help you stay committed and encouraged but will also allow you to share your musical voyage with our tonebase family.
Share your favorite piece or recording that embodies the theme of "Song and Dance." Your submission will serve as an inspiration to others and create a vibrant pool of potential pieces for other members to delve into.
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I found a CD of Johann Kasper Mertz's shorter pieces which includes some real gems. I didn't know much about him aside from his Elegie and some parts of the Bardenklänge which are well above my grade so this was a nice find. This is one of his Ländler, which from what I understand. is a precursor of the waltz. I need to clean it up a bit, but it's coming together.
Mompou Canción y Danza 10A (canción)
This piece is from a series of 15 Canción y Danzas by F Mompou, mostly for piano. Mompou based this piece and its accompanying Danza on 2 Cantigas de Santa María by Alphonso X
(13th C.) and was originally written for piano. He then transcribed them for guitar.
This is a fairly rough draft. It is seemingly simple but has proved to be fairly tricky for me. It is also challenging to phrase as it is so sparse and harmonically ambiguous.
There is a beautiful performance on YT by Sean Sibe (also the accompanying Danza).
Pavanas por la D - Gaspar Sanz
Hi everyone, I would like to share another Gaspar Sanz's piece with you all. This time, I decided to create my own arrangement instead of using the original tablature (since it wasn't playable as written). It took me the first week of the challenge to come up with this arrangement and I was planning to record it in the second week. Unfortunately, I caught Covid (first time, not too severe luckily) and had to spend 3 days in bed. But I finally tested negative this morning and managed to record this before running out of energy again.
I tried to stay true to the original as much as possible, just placing some notes an octave lower (to act as bass notes) or higher (to maintain the voice-leading), with no artificial flavoring added. The most challenging part was definitely the campanelas passages. I know it's impossible to fully recreate the sound of a baroque guitar on a modern classical guitar, but I still wanted to try playing it on mine and hoped that my version at least makes some sense and is enjoyable to listen to. I hope you find it interesting!
By the way, Wiki said, "Pavanas" (Pavane) refers to a type of dance, so it seems like this piece fits with the theme of this month's challenge, doesn't it?