Ob šilcu slivovke – Oberkrainer Slivowitz (B. Prešeren) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

This is another of the most popular polkas by Alpski Kvintet (Alpenoberkrainer) from Slovenia, originally released around the 1970s with the legendary line up which featured Jože Burnik on accordion, Ivan Prešeren on trumpet, Vinko Sitar on clarinet, Jože Antonič on guitar, and Janez Per on baritone (who remains their baritone and bass player to […]

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Rad te imam – Auf nach Kranjska Gora (J. Burnik) [Sheet music] [Accompaniment track] [Tutorial video]

‘Rad te imam’ (Slovenian for ‘I like you’) or better known by its German title ‘Auf nach Kranjska Gora’ (which means ‘Off to Kranjska Gora‘) is a polka by Jože Burnik and recorded by Alpski Kvintet (Alpenoberkrainer) in the early 1980s. It has also been performed on YouTube by Ansambel Juhej from Slovenia as “Veselo

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Für’n Vater (K. Maier) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Für’n Vater” (or Fürn Voda in Bavarian German dialect, meaning “For father”) is a Boarischer from the 2010s by Kastulus Maier and released by Hallgrafen Musikanten, a Bavarian folk music group which plays an Alpine ‘Tanzlmusi’ style of folk music (translating to ‘Dance music’). This style is known for its use of brass instruments, as

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Schützenfest (H. Färber) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Schützenfest” is an instrumental polka which translates to “Marksmen’s festival“, and was written by Helmut Färber and recorded by Die Mooskirchner from Austria in 1992. Färber is a musician and vocalist who contributed compositions, vocals and clarinet playing for Die Mooskirchner for many years, and wrote many hits which are regularly played by Oberkrainer and

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Rosi Polka – Hey Rosi (F. Gressenberger) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Rosi Polka” or “Hey Rosi” is an energetic instrumental polka featuring just 2 sung words: “Hey Rosi!” and some challenging keyboard runs. It was written by Felix Gressenberger from Austria, who recorded this song with Die 5 Rosentaler in the late 1980s, and with Friedl Lazarus und seine Original Mooskirchner (also known as Mooskirchner Quintett)

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Plavi Encijan – Blauer Enzian (J. Burnik) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Plavi Encijan” (German: “Blauer Enzian”) translates to “Blue Enzian” (Enzian is also known as Gentian, an alpine flower with an intense blue colour). It was written by legendary Slovenian popular folk and Oberkrainer style accordionist and composer Jože Burnik (best known for his instrumentals “Dobro Jutro” or “Guten Morgen” and “Polka Express”, etc), and recorded

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