Friday, June 14, 2013

Theme of the Month for July 2013: Waltzes

Our first democratically-elected Theme of the Month is: Waltzes. For those who are interested, here's how the votes break down:

Stephen Foster: 7 (19%)
Appalachian: 9 (25%)
Waltzes: 18 (50%)
Summer: 2 (5%)

If you were pulling for one of the other categories, don't worry: we'll give them another chance later on!

For the moment, though, we need some tunes to choose between. Please nominate your favorite waltz, either by posting your thoughts here, or by e-mailing your choice to us at totm@autoharp.org. For this month, please nominate tunes that are playable on a two-key diatonic 'harp -- we'll go for something more chromatic next month!

Beginning next week we'll vote on the four tunes that have been nominated by the most people. If no two people pick the same tune, I'll just have to draw them out of a hat.

Nominations are now closed. The most-suggested four tunes are in the poll in the upper right: please vote for your favorite! Here are all of the suggestions:

14 comments:

  1. My vote is for Tennessee Waltz

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  2. I nominate "Leaving Lismore," a very pretty Scottish tune. Example:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHnwfZOuNyw
    (0:00-1:15)

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  3. II nominate the Seamus O'Brian Waltz.

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  4. I've always like Amelia's Waltz. Here's a cut from the Hindenburg's Unreleased CD, "Crashing on your Floor" http://db.tt/LSstAKS5

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  5. My suggestion is The Hills Of Lorne.
    A beautiful Scottish Waltz in D.
    I can supply the dots if required.
    Check it out.
    http://youtu.be/dGKt4JmlEoM

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  6. I'd like to nominate Planxty Irwin (the O'Carolan tune), please.

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  7. Good one Ryan. My sccond choice.

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  8. Anna's Waltz is my preference.
    Karen Torell Hoffman

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    1. Thanks again, Karen! Your audio file is also posted above next to Anna's Waltz.

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  9. audio file in dropbox of example of Anna's Waltz...done in D major
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/s0rgksthfohy5hj/Anna%27s%20Waltz%20in%20D%20Major.MP3

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  10. (Actually, that should be Harvey Wagner said):

    After listening to the choices, I have to say that Leaving Lismore has captured my interest and imagination.

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    1. I like that one too! Unfortunately, it didn't make it into the final round. Maybe I'll suggest it again under a different category...

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    2. Thats Fine. It will come around again sooner or later. Its usually been the case of "So many songs to play, so little time".

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  11. If nominations are still open, I'd like to submit this simple, easy to play piece for a beginner on a chromatic. Waltz of the Chocolates: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gh6335pk5rzz17z/Waltz%20of%20the%20Chocolates-.mp3

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