About the album
J.H. Dahlhoff’s collection is by far the biggest compilation of XVIIIth century popular dance music in German-speaking countries. Johann Heinrich Dahlhoff (1704-1764) was himself a village musician, most probably a fiddler, from a village of Dniker, Westphalia, where he served as a churchwarden in an Evangelical church. Among his duties there was being in charge of an entertainment for local gathering, which usually came down to dance parties, where he picked and performed a suitable repertoire. This way, in the course of few decades, a collection was born, consisting of a couple of thousands of dance melodies, written down later on by his son – Johann Dietrich. A whole set, comprised of 10 volumes (over 1400 pages) is kept in Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin.
Polonaises from Dahlhoff’s collection (and only those) were copied by Niels Dencker (1887-1963), Swedish folklorist, teacher at Åsa folkhögskola in Sköldinge. In his research, he worked mainly on traditional music. He did extensive recordings of folk musicians. Dencker, aware of Polish roots of Swedish traditional music, in 1931-32 did an extensive research of music archives on historical territory of Rzeczpospolita and her fiefdoms like Livonia, Gdansk, Prussia Duchy, Pomerania or Mecklenburg.
Dencker’s manuscript Ms 4023 is the biggest collection of Polish dances from first half of XVIII century from the lands of Rzeczpospolita.
1179 Polonoise nach Blitz, 43 Polonoise, 45 Polonoise Tantz
12Tanic 124, Tanic 64
13Tanic 128, Tanic 102
14Tanic 153, Tanic 123, Tanic 105
15Tanic 45, Tanic 108
16Tanic 134, Tanic 119
18Tanic 103, Tanic 132
19Tanic 120, Tanic 88
110Tanic 97, Tanic 126
111Tanic 121, Tanic 127
11266 Polonaise, 102 Polonaise, 126 Polonaise