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Golliwog's Gymnopedia

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Peasant Cantata, BWV 212
>     Now Let Us To the Bagpipe Sound
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Fogel, Rick : Bachelbel, for dulcimer
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s)
>     Minuet in F Minor
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music
>     [Excerpt]
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K. 331
>     Turkish March
>Fogel, Rick : December 8, for dulcimer
>Fogel, Rick : Marcia at Folklife, for dulcimer
>Fogel, Rick : Incline, for dulcimer
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>O'Carolan, Turlough : Carolan's Farewell

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Peasant Cantata, BWV 212
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Fogel, Rick : Bachelbel, for dulcimer
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s)
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K. 331
>Fogel, Rick : December 8, for dulcimer
>Fogel, Rick : Marcia at Folklife, for dulcimer
>Fogel, Rick : Incline, for dulcimer
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>O'Carolan, Turlough : Carolan's Farewell
Performer Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kent Harrison Recording Studio.

In a way, this little disc of hammer dulcimer music, apparently homemade in the Seattle, WA, area, sets itself a difficult task: it's hard to imagine that it could be anything other than a novelty. Yet dulcimer player and builder Rick Fogel makes it into something more. He takes at face value the fact that there's no reason whatsoever to play classical pieces on his instrument beyond the fact that they, like anything else, can serve as a stimulus to further creative activity. He doesn't attempt to produce "clean" versions of Bach, Satie, Debussy (whose pair of works give the album its title), and Handel (entertainingly misspelled -- guess somebody couldn't get a handle on the editing) but makes them the instrument's own, with all the various overtones and non-harmonic noises the instrument produces left intact. Yet Fogel is not exactly trying to produce a "folk" performance, either. On one Bach minuet he overdubs a bass dulcimer beneath his regular five-octave instrument, with a delightfully eerie effect, and his own compositions are experimental rather than referential to the dulcimer's roots. Only at the end, where he combines Debussy, Led Zeppelin, and Hoagy Carmichael, does he get cute. The music is unusually well recorded. A printed volume featuring transcriptions of these pieces is available from the manufacturer, the Whamdiddle label. Strongly recommended for those interested in the dulcimer or even its various European cousins.~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Peasant Cantata, BWV 212 :: Now Let Us To the Bagpipe Sound
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 08/30/1742

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Fogel, Rick : Bachelbel, for dulcimer
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s) :: Minuet in F Minor
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700-1750

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Handel, George Frideric : Water Music :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1717.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K. 331 :: Turkish March
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1783.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Fogel, Rick : December 8, for dulcimer
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fogel, Rick : Marcia at Folklife, for dulcimer
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fogel, Rick : Incline, for dulcimer
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>O'Carolan, Turlough : Carolan's Farewell
  • Performer: Rick Fogel (Dulcimer)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque