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. As part of my seasonal offering I decided to try out a newly acquired set of nine renaissance-era dances edited for keyboard by Hans Haselböck under the title Ein guter neuer Dantz (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1989). I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who having heard these little pieces came up to me both to comment how much they enjoyed them and to ask about them. So, without more ado, here below are the basic details and some basic home-made recordings of them.
The instrument used here is my own practice organ, which for this project is tuned to a period-appropriate quarter-comma meantime (pure thirds) temperament, set lower than present-day concert pitch at A-427. The pieces, as they are published, are either in G or F and make playful use of of F\F-sharp and C\C-sharp contrasts, which add spice to the already piquant quarter-comma temperament. However, despite such talk of temperament and pitch, I lay no claim to an historically informed style in presenting these brief and unpretentious dance-pieces but hope that you too might find something to enjoy in them.
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- Intrada, anonymous (1593) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Ein guter neuer Dantz, anonymous (1577) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Tanz, was wohn wir uff den Abend thun, anonymous (1577) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Daunce, anonymous , from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (late c16) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Corranto, anonymous, from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (late c.16) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Churf. Sachs. Witwen Erster Mummerey Tanz (1598) by August Nörmiger (c.1560-1613) played by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Der Mohren Auftzugkh (1598) August Nörmiger (c.1560-1613) played on the organ by Andrew Pink © 2017
- Ungarescha (1603) by Jacob Paix (1556-c.1623) played on the organ by Andrew Pink © 2017
- August Nörmiger (c.1560–1613) (Wikipedia)
- Concert pitch (Wkipeida)
- Dots Music Shop, Camden, London N1
- Hans Haselböck (Wikipedia: German)
- Jacob Paix (1558-c.1623) (Wikipedia: German)
- Quarter-comma meantone (Wikipedia)
- Viscount Organs UK, Bicester, UK