Tonight is Serbian (Orthodox) Christmas Eve. This day has always had a special meaning for me, even more so than the actual Christmas. I don’t know why. Maybe because there is magic in winter evenings.
But today, magic arrived in the form of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 in late afternoon. I had a classical music station playing while I was doing my computer work. Suddenly, as I heard the opening bars of this piece, I muttered to myself: “It’s gotta be Gypsy music.”
“Maybe Brahms?” I thought.
Bingo! It was Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 (he had composed 21 Hungarian dances).
I have always been attracted to Gypsy music. Perhaps that’s because of my past incarnation as Franz Liszt? Or more likely because Gypsy is embedded in my soul. Our soul (thinking of Liszt and Brahms).
Back to this afternoon…
When the radio music stopped, I dropped what I was doing and walked over to my Clavinova to see if I would remember the Brahms piece by ear.
It was a piece of cake. As if I had played it before. Which I never have. Still, it flowed smoothly and quickly evolved into a rendition unlike anything Brahms or Liszt would have probably ever imagined. I had it recorded in less than half an hour from the time I first heard it on the radio.
I used the mandolin and the orchestra string plus a drum beat of marching music. When you hear it, you will want to kick of your shoes and dance barefoot. I promise you. 🙂 Enjoy!
Brahms Hungarian Dance #4 – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded on Jan 6, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, Hawaii
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HRISTOS SE RODI! (Chris is born!)
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UPDATE JAN 8, 2017
BRAHMS’ HUNGARIAN DANCE #4… EVOLVES INTO “KATYUSHA”
Today, I got another musical inspiration. It’s an evolution of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 which I recorded on Friday. Now, the piece has evolved a WW II Russian song. And another Hungarian Gypsy dance.
As I am saying in this still shot, “you never know what can happen when it comes to my musical inspirations.” 🙂
Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #4 Evolves into Katyusha, Russian WW II song – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – music and video recorded on Jan 8, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower, Maui, Hawaii
Direct Youtube link: https://youtu.be/OAKDeYB9un4
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UPDATE Jan 11, 2017
My infatuation with Gypsy music continues…
BRAHMS’ HUNGARIAN DANCE #1
Brahms Hungarian Dance # 1 – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded on Jan 11, 2017 at the Rainbow Shower in Maui, Hawaii
Direct Youtube link: https://youtu.be/fnal7Mzwbh0
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UPDATE JAN 17, 2017
Here’s now my latest (full) version of this dance…
BRAHMS HUNGARIAN DANCE #1