Janacek : Konope - Viola

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Konope (Coufava), JW VIII/10, No. 11

Janacek, Leos (1854-1928)
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Konope (Coufava), JW VIII/10, No. 11

The Hemp - From Narodni tance na Morave, JW VIII/10

This folkdance Konope [The Hemp] is the eleventh folkdance in Leos Janacek's album Narodni tance na Morave, JW VIII/10 [Folkdances in Moravia].

Janacek composed these arrangements of Moravian folkdances in 1888 and 1889.

They were first published in three volumes, in 1891 and 1893.

This particular dance Konope comes from the region of Hana.

The term Konope or Coufava is a dialect variant of couvat, to retreat.

Hence the Konope is a backstepping dance.

Its first line reads: Rosto, rosto, rosto konope za cesto [Hemp grows on the path].

This sheet music is an arrangement of Konope for viola with piano accompaniment.

It is set in the key of D Major.

The viola part is easy enough to be played by a beginner viola student.

It can be played entirely in the first position.

Duration : 00:41

Source : Leos Janacek, Narodni tance na Morave, JW VIII/10 (Brno, 1891 and 1893).

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