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Madonna Katerina

By Christian Grey on January 31, 2016 5:04 am

Another smash hit from the 1500s by Judenk√ľnig. I actually had a different submission already uploaded when I realized that there may be copyright issues with it, so I took that down and instead recorded this one.

It's almost the same harmonies as the last one, but with the added feature of the occasional hemiola. Which is, as wikipedia says, "a musical figure in which, typically, two groups of three beats are replaced by three groups of two beats, giving the effect of a shift between triple and duple meter." It throws me off a little every time. See if you notice. It's part of this whole renaissance rhythm thing that I have a really hard time with anyway.

Other than that, it also has more right-hand action, as the first (long) chord is always played with thumb and middle finger, but the second (shorter) chord by thumb and index finger. Plucking along!

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February 1, 2016 12:17 am

Beautiful at all! I think I might be desensitised to hemiolas, because I didn't notice it.

February 1, 2016 12:23 am

I know I said the same thing last week, but I really need to learn how to record strings so they sound even close to as good as how you do it.

February 1, 2016 12:29 am

Beautiful. What are you recording on?

February 1, 2016 12:53 am
Edmund Snyder wrote:

I know I said the same thing last week, but I really need to learn how to record strings so they sound even close to as good as how you do it.

I'm afraid I'm too musically ignorant yet to fully understand the Hemiola explanation, though the piece sounds really nice and your playing is really warm, for a lack of a better word.

I'm also curious about your mic technique.

P.S.: didn't forgot about the 8-bit metronome samples. I browsed a lot of 909-ish sounds so I wanted to send you something a little bit different so you could choose. Hope to hit you this week, if work go easy. 

February 1, 2016 1:31 am

never heard of hemiolas before, might have to try it out. Nice recording

February 1, 2016 1:33 am

These are lovely pieces scattered amongst the other wb material.  Very enjoyable.

February 1, 2016 12:32 pm

it will be fun to put this together for an album...

February 1, 2016 12:34 pm

Beautiful playing. Very calming piece.

February 1, 2016 4:12 pm

Nicely played! Are hemiolas involved in the "Nachtanz" versions of pieces (they seem to be in 3/4)?

February 1, 2016 4:16 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Nicely played! Are hemiolas involved in the "Nachtanz" versions of pieces (they seem to be in 3/4)?

Usually the Hupf-Auff follows the 4/4 pieces (although they're not strictly in 4/4... nevermind), and they are in 3/4 time, yes. I think that the entire Nachtanz/Hupf-Auff is something like a perceived hemiola, as it's messing with your perception of the melody and puts it into another context. But that's only with dances. This is more of a hymnal.

Also, thanks for listening :-)

February 1, 2016 4:16 pm
Kleie wrote:

it will be fun to put this together for an album...

yeah... sorry. I think my main contribution for that album will be my awesome lute skillz... I'll be the Steve Vai of lutes or something... 

February 3, 2016 5:55 pm

Really nice recording of the lute.  It's like back in tha' day! smile Nice work!

February 4, 2016 12:51 am

Yeah, you would have been sued if you went with the other Madonna song.

February 5, 2016 9:31 am

Id like to sample some of this if it please you! Listening to this just gave me a dream

February 5, 2016 6:36 pm
Mr Mort wrote:

Id like to sample some of this if it please you! Listening to this just gave me a dream

Sample away please! I'd be honored

February 9, 2016 9:51 am

YASS, the lute. It's great to hear the rich and raw sound without effects. Don't go stealing his royalties ;P

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