Jänta å ja (The Girl and Me)
|Niels Mejlhede Jensen, Bøgeløvsvej 4, 2830 Virum, Denmark. e-mail (web master)|
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Photo 1 of this week: Midsummer in Scandinavia, so be careful
by the water streams: then näcken or nøkken will play his most
enchanting spelling music from the stream, which specially at night is
so fascinated compelling that you have to follow näcken down into
the stream, away form this everyday world, down into his enchanted underworld,
leaving your family here in sorrow over the loss of you. Unless you can
break the spell. I could only break my spell by concentrating on climbing
up and taking this picture. Because the two näckar, Åke and
Hasse, sitting in the (cold) water close to the water mill in Degeberga
in Scania (South Sweden) play the most wonderful underworld Swedish folk
music you can ever think of. Thank you to Åke and Hasse for many
such brave performances. This was absolutely top class folk music from
|Photo 2 of this week: Nøkken plays her enchanting music
in the stream somewhere out there in the Scandinavian nature.
If you are wandering in the unblemished nature, deep into the forest away from the motorized civilization, out in the excited mystery with proximity of fauns and elves and further back troll kids puzzling behind every boulder and tree, and are you then lucky to come by also nøkken, then stop up in quietude at some distance and enjoy the fantastic spell that will catch your soul with this combination of folk music and the murmuring water and forest orchestration in the lofty fresh nature.
Photo 3 of this week: Dance in Sweden on "lövad dansbana", = outdoor dance place decorated with green leaves. We (Fiddlers' Dance from Copenhagen) play to a Danish line dance (dance 2), at a summer festival in Degeberga (in South Sweden).
We will also miss Hasse (= Hans Melin) who died earlier this year 45
years old. We will miss his brave näcken play (see photo
1 above), and other even more courageous events, and we will
miss his organizing talent. Hans Melin was probably the most prominent
folk musician of South Sweden to day, and organized getting much public
attention and support to folk music and music in general.
Dance of the week, 1999, april 19:
The melody can be heard in midi on computer piano in my tempo (if you
have a sound card). (The melody will loop here until you stop it. In the
table below it will play once). (I have not played the tunes here with
the "drive" I want for dance music).
|1||melody||the traditional good dancing melody, polished through generations of use on the fiddle|
|Midi metronome = 130||simple (folk music) chords, natural for playing the accordion;
these chords are used to make the other parts or voices in triad harmony;
there should be no tension from dissonance anywhere including in octave
|2||A||(Above), parallel part nearest above in third or little more above|
|3||B||(Below), parallel part nearest below in third or little more below|
|4||ns||simple n part; often with the tonic feeling and often with the basic dance rhythm ("motor part")|
|5||C1||C parts are made from A and B parts, and so they are two parts to the melody|
|6||C2||C2 is less simple than C1|
|voice up and down (mostly) contra to the melody; it is also made from A and B|
|8||n1||n is a less constricted part, and tones from the melody are freely included|
|12||blank||.||blank staff for making your own part according to the principles here|
(The midi music is not repeated, except for 1' and 2' voltas).
Use also octave, up and down.
Where wanted, notes can be changed according to the principles (use a colour pencil), e.g. to improve the B part with some notes from A.
The music is aimed at dancing, so part of the orchestra can be the underlying "motor" when another instrument group is playing its "solo" part (improvisation) as one of the many repetitions.
The double bass may play its usual notes, because of its low pitch.
It is better to choose a more simple part and play it well.
Accordion: beats per bar: 1+1, on beat 1 and beat 3, nothing
on beat 2.
(It is not a waltz). It is important to have beat 3 (besides beat 1) well marked. The melody introduces the marked beat 3 in bar 1 and 2 and the important marked beat 2 in every played 8th bar (end of phrase 1 and end of phrase 2).
I have made a ns part that should promote the marked beat 3, and with tones of the same pitch on beat 1 and 2 to disable the waltz slur from beat 1 to 2. Specially for not so experienced bands an accordion can be a good "dance motor" in hambo etc. because of its left hand bass.
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