Sinterklaas, quodlibet


Uploaded on Nov 9, 2017

Mash up of several traditional Dutch Sinterklaas liedjes, just lighthearted ;)

counterpoint quodlibet canon fugue

Pages 4
Duration 01:10
Measures 29
Key signature 1 sharp
Parts 4
Part names Violin(2), Viola, Cello
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Dankjewel, volgende keer kerstliedjes :)
As ever, this is wonderful and astoundingly clever work. The traditional Dutch melodies are themselves beautiful, but the way you have worked out how they combine into a balanced and unified whole is truly amazing.
They are very pretty, I love the oral tradition of sinterklaas songs, god knows how old the roots of some of those tunes are. And thank you for your kind words :).
That is extremely wonderful.
That's very nice to hear Bernard :)
It's nothing less than astounding that this all "works", and you discovered/engineered it.
Yea, you really don't want to know how many notes I have, it was a struggle haha.
It includes some inversions and augmentations too. All material is from known tunes, there is no "free" counterpoint.
Beautiful work! I tried something similar with my latest ricercare (currently unfinished/incorrect in the continuo part), trying to avoid as much free counterpoint as possible, but your work gives me something to aspire to.

could you please explain the structure a bit more, and write out some of the notes you mentioned? I recognize the canon at the start but I missed the inversions and augmentations - there are probably lots of things I missed.
Here a highlighted version: https://unnecessarilycomplicatedblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/sinterklaas_notes.pdf

Good luck, I'm curious to see the ricecare! As for my scribbling (it's mostly pen & paper), it would require some explanation. My basic approach was:
1: Collect all well known sinterklaas songs and discard any that I know would work poorly (too long, too much chromaticism, triple rhythm, too much notes etc etc).
2: Look at the fundamental structure of each theme and find ones that are very simple (limited real range, simple linear motion, describes only a handful of chords). Use those as a starting point
3: Know all themes by their harmonic rhythm and basic harmonic motion (which can be inversed). Then by matching parts of themes on these properties you can very quickly find matching counterpoint between your picked themes and any other.
4: Mess around and search till it sounds good.

I also planned the basic structure, the reprise of the starting theme and so on.
Thanks! My ricercare is the latest score on my profile (https://musescore.com/ndu/ricercare)