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A comparison of the classic Briggs' "Ethiopian Cracovienne" to a piece called "Cracovienne Quickstep".
Well played, Tim! Sounds like Briggs' version has more dropthumbs and ornaments added, but essentially the same tune?
Those Ethiopians must have known a thing or two about Polish traditional dances...lol:
I had never seen that video. I might imagine the 1850's tempo of the dance is similar to this. Can't thin a banjo player tuned low in Stroke would attempt this. Thus.....a unique banjo "thing"
Yes...same tune. Even the same form. Like finding a dinosaur skeleton intact.
Here is the same "Cracovienne" dance tune as collected from the Kyiv area of north-central Ukraine:
Brian said to me this morning that it was 'obvious' to him that "Cracovienne" is an english version meaning 'a person from Krakow' (Poland)...along the lines of saying a Parisienne is someone from Paris.
Indeed, the children dancing video above begins with the title "Krakowiak" ...and we can find all we need to know about this Polish traditional dance here:
The Briggs and the Quickstep versions we are more familiar with have an additional interesting part (or two?) to them. As to who actually composed those added parts- it seems clear that folks were borrowing from traditional tunes and then putting their names on arrangements of it...a common practice even today. The other parts of this tune that we see in Briggs and in the Quickstep sheet music would fairly likely have been from a slightly more elaborated version of the traditional Cracovienne dance piece that is not represented in a modern recording we can easily find on youtube. I'm thinking the entire piece is simply a traditional Polish folk dance tune that was transcribed during the 1800s for other instruments and also arranged for banjo by Briggs.
Anyway.....the main idea is outside influences on the Early repertoire. Europeans making sense of the banjo in the way they can.
Or rather, European Americans...ha ha
well, definitely not Ethiopians, in any case. ;)
No...ha ha. But, the play on words is great, isn't it? It is one of the best in the tutors....just brilliant.
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