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T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird) Origins: Bear Dance (48) RE: Origins: Bear Dance 10 Jun 08

That the CD is named Apollo's Banquet doesn't mean that every tune on it is taken from one of the books of that name. I assume that the makers of the CD got the Bear's Dance from one of the numerous Playford publications. We just don't know which one, yet.

As noted above, barentanz or bärentanz is a generic term referring to art-music written in imitation of what the composer thinks is peasant music. Besides the Bartok piece already noted, there is one in Robert Schumann's Album for the Young/Album für die Jungend. I think there may be others. But unless the Bear Dance that is the subject of this thread can be identified with one of these, I'll continue to hold as my working hypothesis that the Flemish Bear Dance was written in the 1970s.

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