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Die Katzen Pfote


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VicDiesel

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From the Glochauer Liederbuch, c. 1480.

In those days, music was written in "part books": every player got to see his/her part, but not the other parts. Scores didn't exist. To make things even more fun, music was written without barlines. This means that the parts were very independent, each with their own internal logic, which might have nothing to do with the rhythmic logic of the other parts. Harmonies were of course always perfect.

This is my attempt to play such a piece, with each voice paying no attention to the rhythm of the others.

Btw, the pieces in the Glochauer Liederbuch have evocative titles, but if there were any lyrics, they are missing, so no one knows what a piece is about apart from the title. This one is titled "The Cat's Paw". Kind of a "kitten on the keys" avant la lettre.
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Uploaded: Aug 13, 2011 - 10:21:00 PM
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2011 - 10:28:13 PM Last Played: Mar 02, 2017 - 04:00:18 AM
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Honza said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Die Katze
This is really beautiful, I only wish this was a little longer. The harmony itself has in it some sort of tenderness and playfulness of a cat ... and the way you play it is just admirable. Truly, are you serious to make a recording of three separate tracks sound like this?
Thanks
Much enjoyed
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alackbass said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Die Katzen Pfote
Beautiful playing Vic. I really enjoyed both the piece and the music history lesson in the description.
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Moviz said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
What
always stands out with your music is your enthusiasm and knowledge of /for the style you perform and that makes it so authentic sounding and enjoyable, regards M
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KCsGROOVE said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Fine playing
and an interesting story..
Very much enjoyed
KC
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RochaMalhada said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
came out nice
If I understand you, you played each part without hearing the others as you were playing?

Dumb question?

. - Harold
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VicDiesel said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Hearing
I played the piece twice, once indeed with the parts individually, not hearing anything else. Worked kinda ok, but too many little things off. Then I redid the whole thing, with the other parts audible, but I set the metronome for an eighth note pulse and concentrated on that. Since the eigth note is the fastest in this piece (minor exceptions aside) that means that I could really go "12 12 123 12 1234 123 123 123 12" et cetera. I've tried doing that in live performance but it's hard, since you will sound syncopated with respect to other parts or to the conductor. And still, some parts sound syncopated, rather than shifted.

Not a dumb question at all.
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H3nry said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Die Katzen Miaow
I hadn't thought about part books, since early music is presented scored today. I would imagine players looked at each others' books and practiced so they hit chords together. Thanks for the history lesson and a reminder how useful bar lines are. Now for another listen to follow each part individually...
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michaeljayklein said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Well done Vic
Thanks for the musical education and this very fine performance--so, these cats were something of the Zez Confrey of their day--very interesting! Thanks again Vic, Michael
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Feter said 2168 days ago (August 14th, 2011)
Die Katzen Pfote
its always wonderful of you cherish us with such pieces we would never have the chance to enjoy ,such a sweet piece it definitely a very hidden gem ..just wonderful thanks a lot for sharing !!
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davajonah said 2167 days ago (August 15th, 2011)
Beautiful!
And it must have been hard to do. I know next to nothing about such early music. Maybe it's time I educated myself.
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jibes said 2167 days ago (August 15th, 2011)
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Very cool and beautiful!
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magnatone said 2166 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
Die Katzen Pfote
what a fascinating history lesson to read while listening to this very cool example. i'm still reeling from the bach disclosure. :)
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Jarvoid said 2166 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
Ha Ha ....
Die Katze Pfote ist Die Katze Schlafanzug !!!

....and that better be the right word Babelfidh or I'll get cross........80)

Jarvo
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Bowman said 2166 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
An
illuminating and pleasurable exercise.
Well done.
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awigze said 2166 days ago (August 16th, 2011)
Victor
well done... as far as I know of such things.
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davisamerica said 2165 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
lovely piece
of music Vic. Backstory was a fascinating read-along as well. Downloaded.
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bud said 2165 days ago (August 17th, 2011)
Wonderful sound quality is the firstthing I notice
I used to listen to some Deutsche Grammaphon early music records and this takes me right back at least 30 years. The lesson on part books was very interesting and I sort of like the concept. Not unlike some contemporary scores where parts are open to interpretation. Fascinating and well played.
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Philip18 said 2161 days ago (August 21st, 2011)
Cat's Paw
Delightful music - the parts give the impression of individual players who are all adding their own emotions to the mix. Much enjoyed.
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egobandit said 2156 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
1480
They knew the structure of music, great piece the interwining of notes really sets this a part. I would to see this played live! Bravo!
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fathom said 2154 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
The slightly
off kilter quality creates an intimate and very human musical experience. Well done.

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Denny Borsboom said 2154 days ago (August 28th, 2011)
Beautiful!
enjoyed this one a lot. Thanks for posting.
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davidsmith99 said 2146 days ago (September 5th, 2011)
Nicely Done
Imagine if you could've shown up back then with some well printed scores, a baton (oh and a diesel engine)! Where would music be now...
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