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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Večeras je naša fešta (T. Ivčić) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Večeras je naša fešta” is an upbeat song by Croatian pop singer Tomislav Ivčić from the 1980s, which translates to “Tonight is our party”. It has become somewhat of a folk song as well as an unofficial anthem of the Croatian region of Dalmatia, often sung when a Dalmatian sports team wins an important game.

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Schneewalzer – Snežni valček – Snow waltz (T. Koschat) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

Schneewalzer, known as ‘Snow waltz’ in English or ‘Snežni valček’ in Slovenian, was written by Thomas Koschat (1845-1914) from Klagenfurt (Slo: Celovec), Austria. Koschat was an accomplished musician, composer and vocalist whose achievements include working in the Vienna State Opera and touring Europe and America with his vocal group which specialised in folk songs from

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Prinesi mi rože (B. Kovačič) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

This is one of the most popular Slovenian folk-pop (Narodnozabavna) waltzes from the 20th century, and is one of Stanka and Boris Kovačič’s most popular songs, recorded in 1966, which has become a Slovenian evergreen. To my knowledge this song has not been widely played in German speaking alpine/folk music ensembles, except occasionally as an

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Rajanje na vasi (F. Mihelič) [Sheet music] [Tutorial video]

“Rajanje na vasi” is an instrumental polka by the ever-smiling Franc Mihelič, one of the most popular and influential diatonic button accordionists from Slovenia within the Slovenian popular-folk and Alpine styles. The Slovenian title means “Raging in the village” or “Fun in the village” while the German title “Beim Dorftanz” translates to “At the village

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Ob blejskem jezeru (F. Mihelič) [Sheet music] [Tutorial]

Ob blejskem jezeru (Slovene to English translation: At Lake Bled) is an instrumental waltz by legendary Slovenian popular-folk and Oberkrainer accordionist Franc Mihelič who is well known for his perfected diatonic button accordion playing and melodic but technical songs such as “Ko harmonika zapoje” and “Na Ribniškem sejmu”. Mihelič has recorded only a handful of

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