Concertina Music

Le Carnaval Anglais

2008-07-14, tags: contradanse


This is a contra dance from a manuscript from Ghent, Belgium dated around 1770. It's originally written for violin and harpsichord (or whatever musicians you could afford at that time). Other possible instruments in that period were cello, horn and clarino (a kind of trumpet). I tried to fill the harmony in the piano part based on the bass line on the original score.

Please note that in the 18th century in Europe, 'kontradans' (nl), 'contredanse' (fr) or 'contra dance' (en) referred to the dances that were popular in that period. They were composed and teached in big cities and were influenced by the folk music of that time.