As I was researching for my previous post, I came across quite a few videos of different versions of the folk songs used in Armenian Dances. I had fun listening to so many different arrangements, so I thought I’d share some of them with you. I hope you enjoy them, too!
The Apricot Tree (Tsirani Tsar)
I must say, I had never heard of a duduk until writing about this piece. Quite a fascinating instrument! Here’s a version of Tsirani Tsar for duduk, violin, and piano.
And here is an arrangement for soprano voice and piano
The Partridge’s Song (Kagavik)
Here’s one with violin and piano
This is one for string quartet (performed by the Komitas Quartet). I really like this one!
This one is a bit of a mindbender – he turns it into a rather jazzy version and really plays with the melody. It’s fun!
Hoy, My Nazan
Here’s a vocal version of the song. You might notice this one feels more “balanced” than in the band arrangement. That’s because it’s in 6/8 time instead of 5/8. So you feel two strong pulses of three quick beats each (1-2-3-4-5-6 instead of the 1-2-3-4-5 that Reed used.)
Back to the Komitas Quartet for their rendition
I like this one, too – it’s for a choir
Here’s a lovely vocal version of Alagyaz
And here’s a rather haunting duduk solo
Sadly, I couldn’t find anything for this one. It’s a shame, as I would have loved to hear some other takes on it. If anyone happens across something, please let me know!