Fem Får Og Fire Geder polka

Also known as Fem Får, Fire Geder, Five Sheep And Four Goats, Five Sheep, Four Goats.

Fem Får Og Fire Geder has been added to 1 tunebook.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Fem Får Og Fire Geder
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 B2|BA AG|G/A/B/A/ G/A/B/c/|BA AG|dD EF|G2 [GG,]2:|]
|:d2 d2|dc cB|B/c/d/c/ B/c/d/e/|dc cB|BA/G/ A2|BA/G/ A2|B/c/d/e/ dc/B/|A3 G:|]
X: 2
T: Fem Får Og Fire Geder
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2 B2|BA AG|G/A/B/A/ G/A/B/c/|BA AG|d2 BA/B/|1 G2 G>A:|2 G2 G/A/B/c/||
|:d2 d2|dc cB|B/c/d/c/ B/c/d/e/|dc cB|
BA/G/ A2|Bc/B/ A2|B/A/B/c/ dc/B/|1 AA G/A/B/c/:|2 AA G>A||
X: 3
T: Fem Får Og Fire Geder
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:A2 A2|AG GF|F/2G/2A/2G/2 F/2G/2A/2B/2|AG GF|cC DE|F2 F2:|
|:c2 c2|cB BA|A/2B/2c/2B/2 A/2B/2c/2d/2|cB BA|AG/2F/2 G2|AG/2F/2 G2|A/2B/2c/2d/2 cB/2A/2|G3 F:|
|:A2 A2|AG GF|F/2G/2A/2G/2 F/2G/2A/2B/2|AG GF|c2 AG/2A/2|1 F2 F>G:|2 F2 F/2G/2A/2B/2||
|:c2 c2|cB BA|A/2B/2c/2B/2 A/2B/2c/2d/2|cB BA|AG/2F/2 G2|
AB/2A/2 G2|A/2G/2A/2B/2 cB/2A/2|1 GG F/2G/2A/2B/2:|2 GG F>G||

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Fem Får Og Fire Geder (Five Sheep & Four Goats)

Fem Får og Fire Geder (Five Sheep & Four Goats)
Sometimes written as "Fem Får, Fire Geder/Five Sheep, Four Goats"

Not a polka, of course…..

This tune comes from a collection of fiddle tunes recorded in several notebooks (historically bound together, now kept in the Danish Royal Library) compiled (between 1763-1782) by the brothers Christian Frederik and Poul (or Povel) Danchel Bast born in 1743 and 1747 respectively in Horslunde on Lolland, Denmark. Their manuscript book is available as a scan online from http://img.kb.dk/ma/instr/bast.pdf

I managed to trace the original source of the tune (linked above) and have written up a downloadable/printable document about it. As well as my transcription there’s a facsimile image of the manuscript of the tune in the document, along with transpositions (F and D as well as the original G) of both the source version and the Danish String Quartet adaptation (melody) and source and background info and links. Help yourselves 🙂 : https://app.box.com/s/qinz4iuxbp9ltzqczm4j064zxkrlkad7

Here’s a selection of performances to be found on YouTube:

Fiolministeriet: Fem Får og Fire Geder (plus another untitled tune): https://youtu.be/04FNATVUuaA (in G)

Rannock: Fem får og fire geder/Den siste ged: https://youtu.be/sPDHX7Qy8fg (in G)

Virelai: Fem får, fire geder: https://youtu.be/86BNo8axSZs & https://youtu.be/RCTZQiBaaOs (played on Bb whistle in a D major fingering, so sounding in Bb)

Steffen Gabriel: Five Sheep, Four Goats: https://youtu.be/1eKKxExTa1M (in F)

The tune has been made rather well known in an arrangement by the Danish String Quartet (classical) in a slight variant version in F major (which I’ll add as X:2). There are many videos of them performing it on YouTube, e.g. https://youtu.be/8LXcxPC9jCI

X:3 Fem Får Og Fire Geder in F

The Danish String Quartet variant (melody line only) as they play and have popularised it, in F major - and I’ve put an F transposition of the original melody in front of it.