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A comparison of the classic Briggs' "Ethiopian Cracovienne" to a piece called "Cracovienne Quickstep".

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Comment by Rob MacKillop on July 26, 2009 at 1:43am
Yup, pretty close. Clearly the same piece. Now, did Briggs arrange the fiddle score, or did he have another source for the version he wrote down? If he arranged it, what a wonderful arrangement, worthy of detailed study. If he got it from the playing of another banjo player, who, when, how, etc?

Good stuff, Tim.
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on September 26, 2012 at 11:34am

A world of difference, between the two arrangements. The second version utilizes the banjo to open up it's full dynamics. Excellent comparison for the two arrangements.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 11, 2014 at 10:23pm
Very catchy melody. Good o'l Briggs. a solid go to when your wondering what to do next. Thanks for re-posting. Now to see if I have bitten off more than I can chew.
Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on February 11, 2014 at 10:25pm
Whose the banjo maker?


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