Hakan Hardenberger Playing Hora Staccato on Cornet


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    This is more fun than a box of Cracker Jacks! A very nice person (thank you very much!) introduced this to me and I'm compelled to share it.
    This is a piece written for violin but performed by the cornet/trumpet player, Hakan Hardenberger. Get ready to hit the woodshed! It's hard as heck and too much fun to put down!
    From Wiki; Hora staccato (1906) is a virtuoso violin showpiece by Grigoraș Dinicu. It is a short, fast work in a Romanian hora style*, and has become a favorite encore of violinists, especially in the 1932 arrangement by Jascha Heifetz. The piece requires an exceptional command of both upbow and downbow staccato. The character of the piece also demands the notes be articulated in a crisp and clear manner so that the vibrancy of music comes out.
    Dinicu wrote it for his graduation in 1906 from the Bucharest Conservatory, and performed it at the ceremony. Subsequently it has been arranged for other combinations of instruments, notably trumpet and piano. The piece was arranged for full symphonic orchestra ("pour grand orchestre instrumenté"). The manuscript is signed by the Bulgarian arranger, Pantcho Vladigueroff, April 5, 1942 and resides in the library of the Buccharest Philharmonic with a catalogue (or work) number 1361.
    *The Hora has become a staple in every Jewish wedding reception. It's an Israeli folk dance packed with energy and excitement and if you or your fiancé are Jewish then you'll want to include it in your day! ... They step forward and back while moving in a circular motion to the sounds of Israeli folk music.



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    This is a very nice interpretation.

    The first trumpet transcription I heard was by Mendez. More in your face. This Hakan version is very nice and smooth by comparison..

    Mendez:


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    @Kehaulani
    Wow! Mendez plays like a machine gun. What a great selection.



  • Wow, just listening to that tired me out. Mendez was really special, wasn't he.


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    @GeorgeB said in Hakan Hardenberger Playing Hora Staccato on Cornet:

    Wow, just listening to that tired me out. Mendez was really special, wasn't he.

    I think so too! And the nice thing? A person can learn the piece! Start on the first page of the YouTube, pause it and learn that page and then move on to the next pages. Be careful. I have no idea how to break a cramp in the tongue! That's physician stuff and way above my pay grade.




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    Hi FranklinD,
    Ole' Sergei, took a shortcut on measure 11. He played the series of four 16th note clusters as E, G, Bb, G instead of E, Bb, G, Bb. Trust me, E, G, Bb, G is a lot easier than making the jump from E to Bb then to G then back to to Bb. How do I know this? I worked measure 11 until my fingers hurt last night.
    However, Sergei does a wonderful job and this video is great! we now have three different versions of Hora Staccato! Hakan, Mendez, and Sergei. That's Cool!



  • I don't know, I don't have the score. But something says to me that maybe Serge made a mistake but I don't believe he made that shortcut deliberately to make the piece easier.


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    @FranklinD said in Hakan Hardenberger Playing Hora Staccato on Cornet:

    I don't know, I don't have the score. But something says to me that maybe Serge made a mistake but I don't believe he made that shortcut deliberately to make the piece easier.

    Good point



  • I've always liked to watch Sergei because, for one thing, no mater how low or high he plays it's as if there is no effort whatever. And talk about a frown embouchure...


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