Sirkkojen Tanssi barndance

Also known as The Crickets’ Dance, Dance Of The Crickets, Sirkoijen Tanssi, Syrsornas Dans.

Sirkkojen Tanssi has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Sirkkojen Tanssi
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A>EA>B c>Ac>d|e>ce>a c'>ba>g|f3 e d>ef>a|e4-e>ef>e|
e2 d2 d2 d>e|d2 c2 c2 B>^A|B3 B c>B^A>B|e2 ^d/e/f e>=dc>B|
A>EA>B c>Ac>d|e>ce>a c'>ba>g|f3 e d>ef>a|e4-e>ef>e|
e2 d2 d2 d>e|d2 c2 c2 B>^A|B>cB>A ^G>Be<G|.A2 .c2 .A2 z2:|
|:^G3 A B>EG>B|A>Bc>d e3 z|^d3 e ^f>Bd>f|.e2 .^f2 ^g3 z|
a3 e a>=g=f>e|g2 f2 f2 e/^f/g|g3 e g>=fe>d|f2 e2 e2 c2|
^G3 A B>EG>B|A>^GA>B c>Bc>d|e2 e>f e>dc>B|.A2 .c2 .A2 z2:|
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X: 2
T: Sirkkojen Tanssi
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A>EA>B c>Ac>d|e>ce>a c'>ba>g|f3 f/e/ d>ef>a|e4-e>ef>e|
e2 d2 d2 E/A/c/e/|d2 c2 c2 B/^A/=A/B/|B3 B c>B^A>B|e2 ^d/e/f e>=dc>B|
(3ABE A>B (3cdA c>d|(3efc e>a c'>ba>g|f3 f/4g/4e/ d>ef>a|e4-e>ef>e|
e2 d2 d2 E/A/c/e/|d2 c2 c2 B/^A/=A/B/|B>cB>A ^G>Be<G|.A2 .c2 .A2 z2:|
|:^G3 A B>EG>B|A>Bc>d e3 z|^d3 e ^f>Bd>f|.e2 .^f2 ^g3 z|
(3ae^c (3Ace a>=g=f>e|g2 f2-f z e/^f/g|(3gec (3Gce g>=fe>d|f2 e2-e2 E/^F/^G/B/|
^G3 A B>EG>B|A>^GA>B c>Bc>d|e2 e/f/g/f/ e>dc>B|.A2 .c2 .A2 z2:|
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X: 3
T: Sirkkojen Tanssi
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A2AB c2cd|e2ef e4|f2fe d2a2|e4 e4|fe d2 .B2B2|ed c2 .A2A2|B2 ^GB e2 cB|.A2 A2 A4:|
|:g2ga g2 f2|f2e2 e4|e2ef e2 d2|d2c2 c4|B2 ^GB e2 dc|A2AA e2 dc|B2 ^GB edcB|.A2 A2 A4:|
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X: 4
T: Sirkkojen Tanssi
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A2 AA AEAB|c2 cB A2 cd|e2 ee d2 f2|e4 e4|d2 Bc d2 e2|cdcB A2 Bc|e2 ee d2 c2|B6 z2|
A2 AA AEAB|c2 cB A2 cd|e2 ee d2 f2|e4 e4|g2 gg gagf|e2 ec A2 Ac|e2 d2 c2 B2|A4 A4||
|:a2 b2 a e3|g2 f2 e4|edef edcB|ABcd e4|a2 b2 a e3|g2 f2 e4|edef edcB|A4 A2 z2:|
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Sirkkojen Tanssi C:Viljo Vesterinen

This is a jenkka composed by Finnish accordion legend Viljo Vesterinen 1907-1961.
The title translates as (The) Crickets’ Dance.
A jenkka, or saksanpolkka (Saxon-German - polka) is the Finnish form of the Schottis (sottiisi), which has "jumps".
The first setting is a basic one, followed by one that reflects Vesterinen’s, often chromatic, accordion runs.
The original recording is played in a lower register and in Bb minor, though it may be a result of the recording speed (but not unlike Vesterinen to play in such keys).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoQnMNRXBlo


The third setting is from Norrbotten in Sweden, and would qualify for a separate tune submission, but there is obviously a relationship both in melody and title (Sirkoijen tanssi - the Meänkieli [Finnish dialect spoken in northern Sweden] equivalent of standard Finnish). This setting comes from the band J P Nyströms (named after a harmonium building company) and on their album "Låtar i Norrbotten" (tunes in Norrbotten).
There is a similar version played by Jeff Anderson here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD5eBDj16nY


Anderson suggests that the tune was composed by Albert Israelsson, who was a singer and player of fiddle and chord zither, from Gällivare in Norrbotten.
A bit of a chicken/egg situation. The two versions are obviously related, but whether Vesterinen based his composition on a tune doing the rounds, or Israelsson played a simplified version of Vesterinen’s composition is open to speculation. It is, however, unusual to name traditional style Swedish tunes in such a manner. "Schottis från Norrbotten" would be more typical - "efter (or av) Albert Israelsson" even more likely.
This does make me think that it started out as a Vesterinen composition and went through the "folk process", but it’s only a hunch.
The 4th setting is an adaptation of the tune by the northern Swedish band "HiLLa", with words by the band’s singer, Helena Ritzén (called "Pikku oja/Lilla beck" [little stream]).