Marriage May Become A Curse polka

Also known as The King Of Sweden’s, The King Of Sweden, Mr. Martin’s Reel, Myghtern Sweden, Plethen Mestre Martin.

Marriage May Become A Curse has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Marriage May Become A Curse
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B | AB/A/ F/G/A/F/ | BB AF/A/ | Bc/d/ cd/e/ | d/e/f/g/ ea |
AB/A/ FG/A/ | BB A2 | A/B/c/d/ B/c/d/e/ | fe d :|
|: A | fa/f/ ed/c/ | de c2 | B/c/d/e/ c/d/e/f/ | d/e/f/g/ e2 |
[1 ff e2 | dd cd/c/ | Bd/B/ ce/c/ | dc d :|
[2 AB/A/ FG/A/ | BB A2 | AB/c/ de | fe d ||
X: 2
T: Marriage May Become A Curse
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AB/A/ FG/A/ | BB A2 | AB/c/ de |1 fe e2 :|2 fe d2 ||
|: fg/f/ ed/c/ | de/d/ cB/A/ | B/c/d/e/ c/d/e/f/ |1 d/e/f/g/ e2 :|2 dc d2 ||

Six comments

“Myghtern Sweden” ~ 16 measures

|: AB/A/ FG/A/ | BB A2 | AB/c/ de |1 fe e2 :|2 fe d2 ||
|: fg/f/ ed/c/ | de/d/ cB/A/ | B/c/d/e/ c/d/e/f/ |1 d/e/f/g/ e2 :|2 dc d2 ||

I know I’ve come across this elswhere, with ‘English Country Dance Music’ coming to mind, maybe in a Playford collection, and possibly also in the National Library in Cymru / Wales. If I allow myself I play it slightly different to this. I’m hoping someone else might add the English and Welsh versions of this one, and names. My brain is on ‘slow’ at the moment, but it might end up being me answering my own hopes? :-/

“Myghtern Sweden” / “The King of Sweden”

"Hengan: Traditional Folk Songs, Dances and Broadside Ballads Collected in Cornwall"
Merv Davey
Dyllansow Truran, 1983
ISBN: 0-907566-71-5

Page 55: Polka: Myghtern Sweden (16 measures)

“Marriage May Become a Curse” ~ other names

"Plethen Mestre Martin" / "Mr. Martin’s Reel"

Note & Warning: this would be played, in general, much more relaxed than where the midi takes it… I’d put it at around 110 - 120 bpm… For our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic bog, it would swing nicely at contra dance speeds, old and new…