Axel Genannt (*1953) Ascolta!
Folk Music for Variable Instrumental Ensemble
44 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 208 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-50313-3 | Saddle Stitch
Ascolta! (= Listen!) is the name of the ensemble with which the editor played all the pieces in this book: in the classroom, in home music-making, outdoors and at international festivals. Listening is an indispensable precondition of group playing, particularly because the stylistically appropriate performance of folk music requires improvisational abilities. The performance material consists of sheet music that can be used without having to turn pages. This sheet music has also been prepared for instruments in C, B flat and for guitar on the enclosed CD-ROM. The subheading variable ensemble is to be taken literally, for there are practically no limits to the imagination when it comes to the scoring and the execution of the pieces: the classical melody instruments can be supplemented by the accordion, the guitar and percussion. The 14 pieces come from Europe, South America, and from Yiddish folk music. The edition is rounded off by tips and comments on ensemble playing, on the individual pieces, and on the performance of percussion instruments; further, there are free translations of the song texts.
|1 Anda jaleo / Spain|
|2 Buenos Aires / Argentina|
|3 Chacarera doble / Argentina|
|4 Di grine Kusine / Yiddish|
|5 Die blaue Flagge / Germany|
|6 Dorogoj dlinnoju / Russia|
|7 Java / France|
|8 Kritikós / Greece|
|9 Modestie / France|
|10 Moliendo café / Venezuela|
|11 Schon schtil is in Gesl / Yiddish|
|12 Širto / Bulgaria|
|13 Vals venezolano / Venezuela|
|14 Whiskey in the Jar / Ireland|
I would like to thank Martina Engelhardt for contributing her piece Schon schtil is in Gesl, as well as my colleagues from the Bad Vilbel Music School for their support and advice on instrumental matters. I am also grateful to Elena Mera Ponce, who was of great assistance in researching and translating Latin-American texts, as well as my publishing-house editor Friedhelm Pramschüfer for his constructive and stimulating collaboration. Further, my thanks also go out to my young ensemble members who came to the aid of their “boss” on more than one occasion and brought some of his high-flying fantasies back down to the sober reality of actual music-making.
I wish you lots of fun on this journey to new musical horizons.
Frankfurt am Main, Spring 2012