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Bonus Features: Armenian Dances

As I was researching for my previous post, I came across quite a few videos of different versions of the Armenian folk songs used in Alfred Reed’s piece.  I had fun listening to so many different arrangements, so I thought I’d share some of them with you.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

The Apricot Tree (Tsirani Tsar)
I must say, I had never heard of a duduk until writing about this piece.  Quite a fascinating instrument! I can’t imagine trying to play that thing! Here’s a version of Tsirani Tsar for duduk, violin, and piano.


And here is an arrangement for soprano voice and piano

The Partridge’s Song (Kagavik)
Here’s a version with violin and piano


This is one for string quartet (performed by the Komitas Quartet).  I really like this one!

This one is a bit of a mindbender – he turns it into a rather jazzy version and really plays with the melody.  It’s fun!

Hoy, My Nazan
Here’s a vocal version of the song.  You might notice this one feels more “balanced” than in the band arrangement.  That’s because it’s in 6/8 time instead of 5/8.  So you feel two strong pulses of three quick beats each (1-2-3-4-5-6 instead of the 1-2-3-4-5 that Reed used.)


Back to the Komitas Quartet for their rendition

I like this one, too – it’s for a choir

Alagyaz
Here’s a lovely vocal version of Alagyaz


Go, Go!
Sadly, I couldn’t find anything for this one.  It’s a shame, as I would have loved to hear some other takes on it.  If anyone happens across something, please let me know!

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Lori Archer Sutherland

Librarian & musician. Collects model horses of all sorts. Bass clarinet nerd, doing more composing & arranging.

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