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 brass band in Corelli's Mandolin
Author: beavertoof 
Date:   2010-06-14 18:17

just saw this movie first time Saturday night... enjoyed the movie, and many of the music scenes.

There is one scene where the Italians are hosting a dance in the town square, and Penelope Cruz does a Tango (I think... not a dance expert, and i realize the Tango is from Argentina and the movie is set in Greece, so would it have been a tango? it looked similar to me anyway) with an Italian soldier.

I loved the music for that dance. The band consisted of mostly brass, but a clarinet or two as well it seemed.

Just wandering if there is a particular name for this type of ensemble/music, and if this type of music still has an active 'scene' anywhere? I just love it, but it certainly is not something you hear much.

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 Re: brass band in Corelli's Mandolin
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2010-06-14 18:33

I haven't seen the movie but there are plenty of Balkan brass bands around. There's one in NYC comprised of Americans, called Zlatne Uste (website: http://www.zlatneuste.org} and one in San Francisco, called Brass Menazeri (website: http://brass.menazeri.com/).

Plus there are tons in the Balkans:

Boban Markovic
Fanfare Ciocarlia
Kocani Orkestar

And those are the only ones who have a lot of records out overseas! :)

Hopefully these are similar to the scene in the movie! :)

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 Re: brass band in Corelli's Mandolin
Author: beavertoof 
Date:   2010-06-14 18:52

thanks much for the reply... i will check those links out asap.

Since i posted the message, i found the music on YouTube! Unfortunately the dance scene is not shown, but you can hear the music... i really love this stuff.


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 Re: brass band in Corelli's Mandolin
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2010-06-15 01:14

Okey dokey...I listened to a little bit of that link and while the instrumentation may be similar to the Balkan Bands I listed above, the tune itself is not. Which is not to say that the bands I listed above _never_ play outside their genre (One band actually has a really fun cover of "Born to Be Wild"), but the gypsy bands are a little more wild than your example.

Primarily when you hear brass band music in the Balkans it comes from a Turkish/Ottoman Military Band source, altered by the "natives" and by the Romany/gypsy musicians to express themselves...

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 Re: brass band in Corelli's Mandolin
Author: beavertoof 
Date:   2010-06-15 15:05

I really like those bands you provided the links for... i found some YouTube stuff on them.

But yes, definitely a different style...

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