Zwiefacher Dance Patterns

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Dance patterns on the pages below are coded.  Learn the codes.

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German Language

Franz Fuchs Music scores and step patterns, Austrian.

Tanzkreis Freising Step patterns. Lists of multiple names for the tune. Other tunes with the same dance pattern, Bavarian.

Oberpfälzer Volksmusikfreude Music scores.  The .cap files require the Capella reader, a free download.

Dancilla Zwiefach Scroll to the bottom for YouTubes, below is a growing list, over 250 links on multiple pages, to individual Zwiefacher pages.

Non-German speakers may want to know:

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In dance patterns: German W means waltz, 3 beats. German D means Dreher, 2 beats, we instead use P for Pivot. Confusion happens; a minority of Zwiefachers can include a Polka step, 4 beats. Germans use P for Polka. Pick your owm justification for other letters in English!

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Enjoy over 210 Zwiefacher dance patterns

Listed three ways:

These are the documented result of a few decades of fun finding recordings and figuring out patterns.

Some of the patterns are obscure enough that you will need to listen to the music to understand the written patterns.

Many of the recordings are out of print.  Fortunately people still write new Zwiefacher tunes and record others found in music libraries.  It is popular in Bavaria and other Alpine areas in Austria and Germany.  It is so popular that no attempt is being made to keep this list up to date.  Your choice of Zwiefacher recordings grows.  Search YouTube to see.

Tune and dance names

The tables contain two versions of tune names, the name used by this author and the name printed on the recording.  The centuries of Zwiefacher diffusion throughout the rural Alps, while the German language evolved, result in:

All this is normal evolution for documenting a folk style, older than either today's German language or modern musical notation.

From the author's location, in the Northwest corner of the United States, it is very difficult to figure out any "best" name.  So consider selected names arbitrary.  It is, if possible, one familiar to Zwiefacher fans in North America. 

Searching for "Zwiefacher"?

Also consider "Bairischer" or these rarer German dialect terms:  "Altfränkische Tänze", "Dablecker", "Grad und Ungrad", "Heuberger", "Mischlich", "Mittelfränkische", "Neu-Bayerischer", "Schleifer", "Schweinauer", "Tratzerter" and "Übernfuaß".  The German root word, "Zwiefach" is useful for searches.
The dance list called "Oberabtänze" includes many Zwiefacher tunes, plus the Polka and Mazurka.  It was dances banned by religious authorities in maybe 1663.  The ban result: 300 years of popularity!

A pair of YouTube videos

Updated May 16, 2020 - Copyright 2017 by Patrick McMonagle

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Zwiefacher Dance Patterns