These are the documented
result of a few decades of fun finding recordings and figuring out patterns.
Some of the patterns are obscure enough that you will need to listen to the music
to understand the written patterns.
Many of the recordings are out of print. Fortunately people still write new
Zwiefacher tunes and record others found in music libraries. This popular acvtivity
in Bavaria has spread to other Alpine areas in Austria and Germany. It is so popular
that no attempt is being made to keep this list up to date.
Your choice of Zwiefacher recordings grows. Search YouTube to see.
Tune and dance names
The tables contain two versions of tune names, the name used by this author and the name
printed on the recording. The centuries of Zwiefacher diffusion throughout the rural Alps,
while the German language evolved, result in:
Identical, or very similar, tunes having multiple names.
Completely different tunes having the same, or very similar, names.
Music having a different name than the assocated song, or songs.
Dances named with the first words of the song, without agreement on which is the 1st verse.
Identical names in different dialects appearing in different places on alphabetical lists.
Similar tunes having different dance patterns, maybe just a differing number of repeats, maybe an extra musical part.
All this is normal evolution for documenting a style, older than either today's German language or modern musical notation.
From the author's location, in the Northwest corner of the United States, it is very difficult
to figure out any "best" name. So consider the author's selected name arbitrary.
It is, if possible, one familiar to Zwiefacher fans in North America.
Searching the web for "Zwiefacher"?
Also consider "Bairischer" or these rarer German dialect terms: "Altfränkische Tänze", "Dablecker", "Grad und Ungrad", "Heuberger", "Mischlich", "Mittelfränkische", "Neu-Bayerischer", "Schleifer", "Schweinauer", "Tratzerter" and "Übernfuaß". The German root word, "Zwiefach" is useful for searches.
The dance list called "Oberabtänze" includes many Zwiefacher tunes, plus the Polka and Mazurka. It was dances banned by religious authorities in maybe 1663. The ban result is 300 years of popularity?
A pair of YouTube videos
Updated January 11, 2017 - Copyright 2017 by Patrick McMonagle
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