Folk dance music with improvisations

Hamborg 6-tur (Hamburg 6-trip)

Niels Mejlhede Jensen, Bøgeløvsvej 4, 2830 Virum, Denmark. e-mail (web master)

Old tune used for folk dancing in Denmark 1999 arranged with improvisations

Link to index to other dances.

CONTENTS: (remember: you can use Ctrl Home in usual browsers to get to the top of this page, to the links here)

Photo of the dance of this week

Photo of this week: the dance of this week, Hamborg 6-tur (Hamburg 6-trip) is danced in a former barn by Fiddlers' Dance.

A little story:

Many of the folk dancers I know are so considerate as to bring along soft shoes for dancing if they come to homes or places with nice looking vulnerable floors. But none of the folk dancers believe though that they can reduce their total weight of say 65 kg by stepping up on the scale with soft shoes on instead of hard shoes. Their static pressure delivered to the ground will be the 65 kg, however soft and elastic their shoes are. But will this also be the solution from the Technical University, the "Stronghold of Technology" (teknologiens højborg)?
Folk dance came to play an important role in Strindberg's drama Miss Julie. The Swedish author Strindberg wrote this world famous first drama of naturalism in 1888 in a somewhat "Miss Julie house" here north of Copenhagen 1 km from where I live. (So I find it very interesting to receive a mail telling that at a theatre in USA they chose to use my sheet music for the schottische in Miss Julie). Miss Julie is an aristocrat daughter that chose to stay home at the manor when her father went away to celebrate midsummer. Close to the manor the common people celebrate the midsummer by dancing folk dance. Miss Julie succeeds in taking part in the dance for a while. But Strindberg shows the believed glamorous homage from the peasants to the declining aristocracy to be fake. (As now the Technical University etc. and the taxpayers?) Because of the midsummer night and the excitement of the dance etc. Miss Julie is driven into a love affair with a servant. This downfall is fatal for her. So be cautious with folk dancing!

Dance of the week, 1999, May 10:

Hamborg 6-tur. 

(English: "Hamburg 6-trip").
Dance of many couples, the whole ballroom.
Music and dance from Randers, Denmark.

The melody can be heard in midi on computer piano in my tempo (if you have a sound card). (The melody will loop here until you stop it. In the table below it will play once). (I have not played the tunes here with the "drive" I want for dance music).

Music description:

The music notes are written as a score of 12 staves on one A3 page = two A4 pages side by side (= an open A4 book).
Place the two note sheets side by side. Then staff 1 (= melody) on the left page continues as staff 1 on the right page.
The 12 staves:
1 melody the traditional good dancing melody, polished through generations of use on the fiddle
. chord
Midi metronome = 110 simple (folk music) chords, natural for playing the accordion;
these chords are used to make the other parts or voices in triad harmony;
there should be no tension from dissonance anywhere including in octave
2 A (Above), parallel part nearest above in third or little more above
3 B (Below), parallel part nearest below in third or little more below
4 ns simple n part; often with the tonic feeling and often with the basic dance rhythm ("motor part")
5 C1 C parts are made from A and B parts, and so they are two parts to the melody
6 mod = 
contra part
voice up and down (mostly) contra to the melody; it is also made from A and B
7 n1 n is a less constricted part, and tones from the melody are freely included
8 nss simple ns part
9 As simplified A part
10 Bs simplified B part
11 melody' simplified melody;
should be easier to play and still sound like the melody
12 blank . blank staff for making your own part according to the principles here

(The midi music is not repeated, except for 1' and 2' voltas).
Use also octave, up and down.
Where wanted, notes can be changed according to the principles (use a colour pencil), e.g. to improve the B part  with some notes from A.
The music is aimed at dancing, so part of the orchestra can be the underlying "motor" when another instrument group is playing its "solo" part (improvisation) as one of the many repetitions.
The double bass may play its usual notes, because of its low pitch.

It is better to choose a more simple part and play it well.

The melody to this popular dance can be felt to be rather tough to play in its fast tempo, so I have made a simplified melody. If you want, then leave out also all the (second) semiquavers (1/16 note).

(The music note sheet for the right page is congested and ought to be on two pages; but that is not so easy for a book).

Accordion: beats per bar: 2+2

Music scores:

Each score consists of 2 pages: page left and page right. They are given on separate pages with links on the top of this page (use Ctrl Home to go to the top). The links are repeated here:
(c1, c2), (a1, a2), (b1, b2), (e1, e2), (f1, f2), (bass1, bass2)
When you click a link the music note sheet will (should) open as a new page on top of this main page, so that you can easily return to this main page. And you can easily open 2 windows of note pages to have both the left and right page in smaller windows, the right below the left.

(Help coming back from that note sheet: CLICK the note sheet to come back to this page, or just close the note window.
Remember: the note sheet opens in a new separate window, and that may cover the whole screen. The back button in the tools bar does probably not work because the window is new, with no history. All you see on the page are notes because I have placed no link back here for not disturbing easy submitting to the printer. Close the note window with a click at the top or with Alt F4, or minimize or reduce the window, or ..., and you are back to the main page that was there behind all the time).

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