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No, this is post is not about Jane Austen, but rather, about the fact that I have posted the banjo music for Felix Arndt's Nola here on the site today.

This is of limited interest to almost everyone in the world, except for those few real banjo enthusiasts. But if you like acoustic music at all, then read on, and maybe I can convince you to download my mp3 of Nola (tune #15), listen to it, and actually dig it.

Okay, Felix Arndt wrote this tune for the piano and it was published in 1916, the year of my father's birth, as it happens. Felix named the tune for his wife, and wrote it as a tribute to her. It is subtitled "A Silhouette for Piano."

It's a wonderful tune on the piano, and most musicians know it to hear it. In the last couple of decades, many acoustic string musicians have arranged it for their instruments. I think this started with genius Bill Keith on the banjo

Okay, so you've got a tune written a long time ago, played on a weird hillbilly instrument, right? Well, only one point of view.

I prefer to think of it as a tune written for a beautiful woman, played on an instrument that leaps out and surprises you wonderfully when you actually hear music emerging from it!

If you don't think the banjo can be a beautiful instrument, try listening to this with an open mind - no prejudice against the banjo or Felix's pride. And then maybe download Bouree II also - that's played on muted banjo. Give it a try. I really love the stuff myself. But, hey ...

P.S. Dr. Elmo loved my rendition of Nola, so don't just take my word for it ...

Okay, Felix Arndt wrote this tune for the piano and it was published in 1916, the year of my father's birth, as it happens. Felix named the tune for his wife, and wrote it as a tribute to her. It is subtitled "A Silhouette for Piano."

It's a wonderful tune on the piano, and most musicians know it to hear it. In the last couple of decades, many acoustic string musicians have arranged it for their instruments. I think this started with genius Bill Keith on the banjo

Okay, so you've got a tune written a long time ago, played on a weird hillbilly instrument, right? Well, only one point of view.

I prefer to think of it as a tune written for a beautiful woman, played on an instrument that leaps out and surprises you wonderfully when you actually hear music emerging from it!

If you don't think the banjo can be a beautiful instrument, try listening to this with an open mind - no prejudice against the banjo or Felix's pride. And then maybe download Bouree II also - that's played on muted banjo. Give it a try. I really love the stuff myself. But, hey ...

P.S. Dr. Elmo loved my rendition of Nola, so don't just take my word for it ...

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6 Responses to Nola: Pride and Prejudice
  1. cherry Says:

    i am a Chinese English major student.I like reading the classic
    novel very much,especially the ones written by Jane Austen.I think
    he is a great writer,and his"Pride and Prejudice"is my favourate!

  2. Oscar Says:

    Sure Dave. I’ll see what I can do about the other tabs. I’m not sure if I ever wrote those two out, so I may have to go back and remember the tunes better before I tab them. I’ll put them at the top of the list.

  3. Dave Says:

    Hi Oscar, thanks for that Nola tab. I have tried to figure it out before, and it’s not that hard really (to figure out), but you seem to really have the fingering right. I’d be really happy if you could put up Bouree like you mentioned, and I love that Sunday Hornpipe too. Can you put that one up? TIA! 

  4. Oscar Says:

    Hi Julie, up kinda late aren’t we? Well, thanks for the kind words. Look in the tablature section and read the “Nola Comments” file - it’s text, just takes a second - but it explains the slur, and, I made myself laugh writing it.

    Also, Muriel Anderson does it beautifully on the guitar. Check her Hometown Live! book for the tab and a CD!

  5. Julie Says:

    Hey Oscar! Yeah, I DID think that Nola was a guitar arrangement, but I love that banjo thing except that I’ll never be able to play THAT. How do you get that slurring sound on some of it? 

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Posted by Oscar on Sun, 2/16/03 at 11:36 PM
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