Ein guter neuer Dantz

Renaissance dance music: 1577-1629

During the Christmas and New Year period 2016-17 I found myself playing the organ at a variety of venues here and there across London (UK). As part of my seasonal  offerings I decided to try out a newly acquired set of nine renaissance-era dances edited for keyboard by Hans Haselböck: Ein guter neuer Dantz (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1989). 

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who, having heard these little pieces, not only commenting how much they enjoyed them but also asking about them. So without more ado here below are details of the music with some recordings of them.

Keyboards: Andrew Pink's practice organ.

The instrument used here is tuned to a period-appropriate quarter-comma meantime (pure thirds) temperament set at A=427, lower than present-day concert pitch . The pieces, as they are published, are either in G or F and make playful use of  of F\F# and C\C# contrasts, thus adding  spice to the already piquant quarter-comma temperament. However, despite such talk of temperament and pitch, I make no claims to presenting an historically informed performance these brief and unpretentious dance-pieces, and I hope that you too might find something to enjoy in them.

Recordings©Andrew Pink
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