Some Pieces of Music

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The following pieces of music were played by me on different jew's harps. Most recordings were kindly done by the accordion player Bolle Piton at a living room session. The piece Maraka uses the jew's harp to play rhythms. On the other pieces it plays tunes. Sometimes the resonances that can be heard hint at an accompanying voice.


Title

Origin

Instrument

Wir wollen alle fröhlich sein (448 KB)

Choral; 15th century; German protestant hymnbook

bow-shaped jew's harp by Szilagyi, tune: C

Kein Schöner Land (400 KB)

Folksong; Anton Wilhelm von Zuccalmaglio 1840

lamellate jew's harp "Dan Moi", tune: Fis

Maraka (1001 KB)

Rhythm for jembe-drum; written down by Rainer Polak in Bamako/Mali

lamellate jew's harp "Dan Moi", tune: Fis

Hulfet huljet Kinderlech (613 KB)

Yiddisch song; Mordechai Gebirtig

bow-shaped jew's harp by Szilagyi, tune: A1

Septime Estampie Reale (860 KB)

French dance music, 14th century lamellate jew's harp "Dan Moi", tune: Fis
Saltarello (2,1 MB)

Italian dance music, 14th century

bow-shaped jew's harp by Schlütter, tune: C