arranged and complemented for various "ethnic" instruments.
Story behind the piece:
Hans Neusiedler [or Neusidler] wrote a lovely dance for lute [or vihuela] called Dance of the Washerwomen - I never quite worked out why he considered that such hard working ladies would dance in this way or, indeed, how they would have the strength to do so after a hard day's washing,
but I leave that to the judgment of those more knowledgeable about such things
. . .
The piece works nicely anyway! The form is a 4/4 theme followed by a 3/4 hupfauf [hop up] in faster tempo related to the first tune, then it returns to the original theme.
Experimental composition, using the old dance tune
Danse de Cleves with added digeridoo.
Originally written with trumpet solo in mind, this version using flute and jazz guitar works much better and is available as score and parts for live performance (with or without live octopus) - on MusicaNeo