Polska For Marit Fält
Transcribed off VAMM’s debut, self-titled album. Great tune composed by Nathan Armstrong for Marit Fält, who plays Låtmandola with VAMM. Apparently she and Nathan met on the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University, and this is the first polska he ever wrote.
It’s recorded in Emaj, so here’s the notation in that key for those who want to play along with the album:
gf |: fe ed | c/2d/2e cB | BG FE | CB,/2C/2 ED |
B,B cB | ed gf | fe ed | c/2d/2e cB |
BG FE | FE/2F/2 GF/2G/2 |1 AG/2A/2 Be- | ed gf :|\
|2 AG/2A/2 Be- | ed e2 ||
|: G>A B2 G>A | Bc B2 G>A | Bc B2 GA/2B/2 | c>B/2c/2 d>c/2d/2 e2 |
G>A B2 G>A | Bc B2 G>A | B/2G/2A/2B/2 c/2A/2B/2c/2 d/2B/2c/2d/2 | e2 g2 f2 :|
To play this like a polska, play the first part in 3/4 time also. It works…unless this is meant to be a polka and then a polska in the same tune.
Not sure how the A part would work in 3/4, but would be interested to see it!
As pointed out, if this is a polska, it would be expected to be written in 3/4. There are some 2/4 polskor, but not many. Having mixed metre to this extent is even less common, though some might have an extra beat tagged on at an ending.
My guess is it would be something like this:
T: Polska For Marit Fält
ed dc B/c/d |BA AF ED|B,A,/B,/ DC A,A|BA dc fe|
ed dc B/c/d|BA AF ED|ED/E/ FE/F/ GF/G/|[1Ad-dc fe:|[2Ad-dc d2|
|:F>G A2 F>G |AB A2 F>G |AB A2 FG/A/ |BA/B/ cB/c/ d2|
F>G A2 F>G|AB A2 F>G |A/F/G/A/ B/G/A/B/ c/A/B/c/|d2 f2 e2 :|
I’ll try and get a listen to it sometime. I don’t think it should be in the polka section at any rate.
Yup! :-/ Ditto…
Weejie’s transcription sounds right to me, so I’ve revised my own and changed the tune type to waltz. Thanks, Weejie!