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May 11, 2015 - 11:58 am
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          My name is Marius, I'm from Romania and I study violin since I was 7 (I'm 21 now). I am in desperate need of help with a university project. I need to find a piece of music which is not tonal, it's modal and it must be folkloristic(I hope that's a  word).I need to find authentic folklore music of any nation(not my own nation) which can be played at violin and it must be modal not tonal.I must present a score analyse it and play it.. I searched alot and couldn't find anything serious.Now I turn my attention to forums maybe people are able to help me.


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May 11, 2015 - 12:55 pm
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I don't know the difference between tonal and model I guess.  Can you explain music that is not tonal?  


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May 11, 2015 - 12:58 pm
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not tonal music can be atonal(almost no rules) or modal. The not modal music is not plaed in any key.The modal music is played in some specific modes(ex dorian,ionian,locrian etc) 🙂


May 11, 2015 - 3:52 pm
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At least as far as I understand the requirements for your assignment, some of the older Scottish or Irish pieces might be something for you to look into. 

If you also are supposed to imitate the style of playing, it may be difficult to find examples.  The only old recordings that come immediately to mind would be stuff like J. Scott Skinner

It is hard luck that you are not allowed to use music of your own country for the assignment.  Your part of the world resisted the "common practice" (tonal) rules of the 19th century better than most, and more folk themes survived unaltered. 

Even with J. Scott Skinner, you may have to be a bit careful to get copies of the scores that have not been re-written to make them more palatable to modern orchestral soloists' tastes.  (Meaning, changed to be closer to tonal "common practice" style).

Anyway, it sounds like a very cool assignment.  Not an easy one, though, I am sure.  LOL

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May 12, 2015 - 7:42 pm
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I have a great memory but it's very short so I can't come up with anything. 😉
However, welcome to our forum and please feel free to post a video of your performance later so that we can enjoy it as well.

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May 13, 2015 - 12:15 pm
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I have heard music from India and the middle east that most  certainly fits the criteria you have described.  But I can't think of any specific names at them moment.  But I am certain that if you look at that area you will find a lot of things that will work for you! 

May 13, 2015 - 3:58 pm
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thank you all. I found some armenian,persian and turkis pieces with recordings and scores after a night on google... now it remains to chose one style and practice it 🙂 thank you all for the worm welcome 🙂

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May 16, 2015 - 4:47 pm
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I just wanted to say welcome to the forum and good luck with your project. 



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May 16, 2015 - 6:10 pm
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Well, I'm glad that you found what you were looking for.  Strictly speaking, there are probably at least as many modal pieces as non-modal pieces in folk music,  assuming we are talking about the modes as you described them, (Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, etc.). Of course, I may not understand the question properly. 

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