Musikfest (G. Schlatzer) [Sheet music]

“Musikfest” (German for “Music Festival”) is an upbeat and straightforward melodic polka from around 1990, written by Günther Schlatzer and performed by “Grazer Spatzen”, a popular-folk music and Oberkrainer ensemble from Austria (1983-2018). Grazer Spatzen are particularly known for their remarkably high energy polkas, high quality instrumentalists, and amazing baritone playing by Wolfgang Sorger (who […]

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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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Fern von dir (D. Novato) [Sheet music]

“Fern von dir” (German for “Far from you”) is an instrumental waltz by Denis Novato, a world champion on the diatonic button accordion with Slovenian and Italian ancestry who hails from the Italian city of Trieste (or ‘Trst’ in Slovenian) and is currently based in Südtirol (South Tyrol) which is the northernmost area in Italy.

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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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Tečejo, tečejo nitke (M. Ahačič Pollak) [Sheet music]

“Tečejo, tečejo nitke” or “Flowing, flowing are threads of life” is a beautiful waltz by Marija Ahačič Pollak which sings of life being short, and threads of life (just like threads of fabric) are easy to tear, therefore we must try to experience and spread as much joy as possible. Marija is a Slovenian singer

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Čas počitnic – Schöne Urlaubszeit (I. Prešern) [Sheet music]

Čas počitnic in Slovenian or Schöne Urlaubszeit in German, this polka’s title means ‘Vacation time’ or ‘Have a good vacation time’ and is one of the most popular polkas by Alpski Kvintet (Alpenoberkrainer) from Slovenia. It was written by their first and very influential trumpet player in the Oberkrainer scene, Ivan Prešern (also known as

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