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Aurora Colony Violin Manuscripts CD (warning: crass commercial content)

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Sep 8, 2019 - 5:36:39 PM
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I'm totally excited about Voyager’s latest CD production: a 2-CD set of tunes selected from our 2016 tunebook "The Aurora Violin Manuscripts." These manuscripts were created by members of the Aurora Colony in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and contain dance tunes played by the Colony’s quadrille bands. Aurora was a 19th century Christian communal society, settled primarily by German immigrants, including many talented musicians. A number of these tunes are extremely challenging, requiring a high degree of technical skill on the violin. Most of them have not been played for over a hundred years, and many do not appear in any other dance tune collections. It is a unique opportunity to hear the “lost music” of the Victorian era in the pioneer Northwest.

The tunes include waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, schottishes, mazurkas, and gallops, as well as a march, a Tyrolienne, a Polonaise, and an Esmeralda

Some of the tunes were too hard for me to play and/or required 2 violins, so I called on Karen Iglitzin and Sande Gillette to assist in the violin duties. Other musicians are Terry Wergeland on piano, cornet and trumpet; Eric Likkel on clarinet, Diane Tuttle Tremaine on cello, Charles Coldwell on flute, and W. B. Reid on guitar. Toby Hanson arranged 13 of the tracks for a typical 19th century quadrille band consisting of 2 violins, cello, clarinet, flute, and cornet.

Check it out and listen to sound samples at

Vivian Williams

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:46:33 AM

15 posts since 8/16/2019

Thank you for posting this -- I have ordered 3 of your books of old-time music from the Pacific Northwest. Your publication of these books is a wonderful resource! I'm a dabbler at fiddle but my wife is a professional violinist and I play guitar and we shall have a wonderful time playing these songs.

Thank you!

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