Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tief im Böhmerwald, or: Waltzing in the Woods

A few months ago, I was trying to find out the name of the tune stuck in my head. I whistled it for some people who might know, and they guessed "Kleine Winzerin vom Rhein", a nice tune in one of our books, and pretty close, but not exactly what I was hearing:

Then yesterday, I found this video of "Waltzing in the Woods" -- that's it!

A little more internet research led me to the original German title, "Tief im Böhmerwald". There are plenty of versions to choose from. Here's Markus Fuchs, in a smooth Bohemian waltz groove:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Polka Christmas

This will be the only time I post Bob Dylan here. It's his cover of Brave Combo's version of Mitch Miller's 'Must Be Santa'. Looks like a good party!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Karl's german waltzes

Starting out with the clarinet business from the end of our arrangement of 'In München steht ein Hofbrau Haus'. Great stuff!

Here's another great Karl Hartwich performance - Looks like everybody IS happy! The audience really helps.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MVD 1987

Here's another clip of the wonderful Mississippi Valley Dutchmen. 1987 was a very good year. Brian Brueggen was even younger than I was. How about that chromatic stuff that starts at 2:20!