The May Waltz waltz

The May Waltz has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The May Waltz
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E2|:A4 A2 |c3 B A2|e4 cB|A4 e2|
| f3 e fg |a2 g2 f2|e6-|e4 e2|
| f3 e fg |a2 g2 f2|e4 cB |A4 AB|
|c3 B A2|e3 d Bc|1 A6-|A4 E2:|2 A6 -|A2 B2 c2|
|B4 B2|B2 c2 d2|cB A4-|A4 e2|
| f3 e fg |a2 g2 f2|e6-|e4 e2|
| f3 e fg |a2 g2 f2|e4 cB |A4 AB|
|c3 B A2|e3 d Bc|1 A6- |A2 B2 c2:|2 A6-|A4 E2 |
2
X: 2
T: The May Waltz
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:G4 G2 |B3 A G2|d4 BA|G4 d2|
| e3 d ef |g2 f2 e2|d6-|d4 d2|
| e3 d ef |g2 f2 e2|d4 BA |G4 GA|
|B3 A G2|d3 c AB|1 G6-|G4 D2:|2 G6 -|G2 A2 B2|
|A4 A2|A2 B2 c2|BA G4-|G4 d2|
| e3 d ef |g2 f2 e2|d6-|d4 d2|
| e3 d ef |g2 f2 e2|d4 BA |G4 GA|
|B3 A G2|d3 c AB|1 G6- |G2 A2 B2:|2 G6-|G4 D2 |
# Added by JACKB .

Four comments

The May Waltz

THis is a tune from the Faroe Islands, by mandolin- and guitar-player Ivar Baerentsen. Haunting tune. I hope it’s accurate because it’s from the memory of a recording I made off the radio about 30 years ago.

The tune is really in A Aeolian - i.e. with the F and G both natural. But this site doesn’t cater for that. Perhaps I should have put it in C major, which would achieve the same end.

G major version

So Jack, is this just your major take on the original ?

Reminds a bit on one of the tunes on Kristian Blak’s album Kingolog - great fusion of faroe tradition and jazz.

Probably is the same tune, swisspiper, since Kristian and Ivar play together