Saturday waltz

Also known as Black Mask, Lördagsvalsen, Lørdagsvalsen.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Saturday has been added to 1 tune set.

Saturday has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Saturday
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2|d3 A FA|dc de fd|e3 d ef|g4 ed|c3 A cf|g2 f2 e2|
f3 e dB|A4 A2|d3 A FA|dc de fd|e3 d ef|g4 ed|
c3 A cf|g2 f2 e2|d3 e dc|d4||d2|B3 G Bd|e2 d2 B2|A3 F Ad|
f4 ed|c3 A cf|g2 f2 e2|f3 e dB|A4 A2|B3 G Bd|e2 d2 B2|
A3 F Ad|f4 ed|c3 A cf|g2 f2 e2|d3 e dc|d4||
X: 2
T: Saturday
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2|:d3 A FA|d2 e2 f2|e3 B ef|g3 f ed|c3 A ce|g2 f2 e2|f3 e dB|A2 B2 c2|
d3 A FA|d2 e2 f2|e3 B ef|g3 f ed|c3 A ce|g2 f2 e2|d3 d d2|1 d3 A Bc:|2 d2 c2 =c2||
|:B3 G Bd|e2 d2 B2|A3 F Ad|f4 ed|c3 A ce|g2 f2 e2|f3 e dB|A4 A2|
B3 G Bd|e2 d2 B2|A3 F Ad|f4 ed|c3 A ce|g2 f2 e2|d3 d d2|1 d2 c2 =c2:|2 d4 A2||
|:Adf Adf|Adf Adf|f2 g2 f2|e6|Ace Ace|Ace Ace|e2 f2 e2|d4 A2|
Adf Adf|Adf Adf|Beg Beg|Beg Beg|a3 b a2|g2 B2 c2|d3 d d2|1 d4 d2:|2 d6||

Eight comments

First of three

This is one of a set of three waltzes played by Sean Ryan on his recording "Take the Air". I’ll post the others in coming days.

Very nice, thanks. I look forward to reading the other waltzes.

Third part for The Black Mask

Does anyone have the third part for this tune?

Re third part

Hi Bob,

I have the third part for this one and I actually play the tune quite a lot.

The first two parts here are not quite as I learned them and I wouldn’t feel comfortable about playing them as written here.

Please give me a day or so and I’ll post the ABC for the entire version of the tune as I play it. I’m slightly busy today.

My version

As promised, I’ve submitted my own setting of this tune which is similar to what we play at my local fiddlers’ meetings. The endings of each part and "lead in" notes can be varied to suit one’s own taste and convenience.

Generally, I would play the tune twice but go back and do the first two parts again and then end it there. It seems a cleaner finish to have the "fine" there!

I’m not too sure about the tune’s history but I’m pretty sure it’s originally Norwegian. Lørdag is Norwegian/Danish for Saturday.

Re jig type triplets in part three….

Further, it’s quite possible that some of you may find that the (jig type) triplets
(As opposed to those which we mandolin and banjo players often insert as an alternative to one crotchet or quarter note)
are a bit confusing and don’t really convey the proper "feel" of the tune.

When we first played it many moons ago, quite a few of us struggled but our "leader" suggested that we thought about it in terms of three groups of two quavers in each bar instead of two groups of three. While the notes have the same value, it does make a difference to the overall effect and there is subtle natural emphasis on the first quaver of each pair.
Follow me, so far? 🙂

You can, of course, make it even more "dotted" than this where you see fit and, again, it’s one of those tunes that you really need to hear and many of us will interpret it slightly differently.

So, as an example of what I meant, it’s probably easier to think of the first two bars in part three as
||:Ad fA df |Ad fA df|…
rather than as it’s written. As I say, there is a very slight "dotted" feel to the tune but I don’t want to complicate things too much especially as not all musicians will emphasise this to the same extent.

Hope this helps.

Re: Saturday

This is included, with three parts, in an Orkney collection*: ‘Iris Nicolson’s Favourites’ (Book 1 - ‘Mainly the Garson Trio’), where it is listed as ‘The Black Mask Waltz or The Saturday Night Waltz. A Traditional Norwegian Tune’.
*Date and publisher not given.

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