The Swedish Rhapsody polka

Also known as Midsommarvaka, Midsummer Vigil, The Midsummer Vigil.

The Swedish Rhapsody has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:G2 Bd|gb af|g2 f2|c3 d|e2 d2|c2 A2|e2 d2|B3 A|
G2 Bd|gb af|g2 f2|c3 d|e2 d2|c2 F2|1G4-|G2 D2:|2 G4-|G2 Bd||
g2 g2|g2 g2|f4-|f2 DF|e2 e2|e2 e2|d4-|d2 G2|
F2 Ac|e2 d2|F2 A2|F2 A2|F2 Ac|e2 d2| B4-|B2 d2|
g2 g2|g2 g2|f4-|f2 GB|e2 e2|e2 e2|d4-|d2 G2|
F2 Ac|e2 d2|F2 A2|F2 A2|F2 Ac|e2 d2| G4|G4|
X: 2
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ | gf c>d | ed cA | ed B>A |
GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ |gf c>d | ed cF | G3 :|
gg gg |f3 G/B/ | ee ee |d3 G |
FA/c/ ed | FA FA |FA/c/ ed |[1 B3 :|[2 G3 ||
X: 3
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ | gf c2 | ed F2 | ed G2 |
G (3B/c/d/ g (3a/g/f/ |gf c2 | ed cF | G3 :|
.g.g .g.g |f3 (3F/A/c/ | .e.e .e.e |d3 D |
DF/A/ ed | F3 E | D (3F/G/A/ ed |[1 B3 :|[2 G3 ||
X: 4
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 Bd g>ba>f | g2 f2 c4 | e2 d2 F4 | e2 d2 G4 |
G2 Bd g>ba>f | g2 f2 c4 | e2 d2 c2 F2 | G4 G2 :|
g2 g4 g2 |f6 (3FAc | e2 e4 e2 |d6 D2 |
D2 F>A e2 d2 |[1 F4 F2 E2 | D2 (3FGA e2 d2 |[1 B6 :|
[2 F6 e>f | g2 (3fgf e2 f2 | g6 ||
d2 B>d g4 | e2 c>e a3 g | f2 d2 e2 f2 | e>fe>d B2 c2 |
d2 B>d g4 | e2 c>e a3 g | f2 d2 e2 f2 | g4 g2 :|
X: 5
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2 g4 g2 | f6 (3FAc | e2 e4 e2 | d6 D2 | D2 F>A e2 d2 |
[1 F4 F2 E2 | D2 (3FGA e2 d2 | B6 :|
[2 F6 e>f | g2 (3fgf e2 f2 | g6 ||
X: 6
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 Bd | gb af | g2 f2 | c4 | {d}e2d2 | F4 | {d}e2d2 | G4 |
G2 Bd | gb af | g2 f2 | c3 d | e2 (3ded | c2 F2 |1 G4 | G4 :|2 G4- | G2 Bd ||
|: g2 g2 | g2 g2 | ~f4- | f2 Ac | e2 e2 | e2 e2 | d4- | d4 |
D2 FA | e2 d2 | F2 A2 | F2 A2 | D2 FA | e2d2 |1 G2B2 | G2 Bd :|2 G4 | G4 ||
X: 7
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 Bd gbaf | g2 f2 c4 | ~ or ~ |: GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ | gf c2 | ~
X: 8
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2B2B2 | c>B cd (3cA^F | d2B2B2 | c>B cd (3cA^F |
(3D=E^F GB AF | (3D=E^F GB AF | (3D=E^F GB AG | (3^FGA G2z2 |]
d2d>e d>c | c>BG2B2 | d>cD2F>A |1 c>B G>A B>c :|2 c>BG2z2 |
|:D2F>F A>A | d>ef2d2 | e>f g>e ^c>e |1 e>d f>d A>F :|2 e>dd4 |
|:d2d>e d>c | c>BG2B2 | d>cD2F>A |1 c>B G>A B>c :|2 c>BG2z2 |]
X: 9
T: The Swedish Rhapsody
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2Bd gbaf | g2f2 c4 | e2d2 {G}F4 | e2d2 {A}G4 |
G2Bd gbaf | g2f2 c3d | e2 (3ded c2F2 |1 G4 G4 :|2 G4- G2 Bd ||
|: g2g2 g2g2 | f4-f2 Ac | e2e2 e2e2 | d4-d4 |
D2FA e2d2 | F2A2 F2A2 | D2FA e2d2 |1 G2B2 G2 Bd :|2 G4 G4 |]

Thirty-one comments

Gan Ainm - A polka-type tune heard from an ice cream van…

A recent thread concerned tunes people had heard played by ice-cream vans doing their rounds.

This is one such - I heard it in Langley Park, a village in County Durham(UK), around 1980. I think I’ve got the gist of how it went, anyway. I assume it’s something fairly well-known, though not to me - I’d be curious to find its name, if anyone here knows it - someone like ceolachan, that is, with his knowledge of the more off-beat and dust-covered nooks and corners of the tune world.

Polka Gan Ainm ~ ? :-/

Yeah, should I admit having danced to it and even played it? Yes, there is a name for it, but will I find it?

This isn’t quite how I remember it, though close, but I would have notated it differently. Here is your notes with my fiddlin’ ~

X: 1134
T: Gan Ainm
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: G Major
|: D |
GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ | gf c>d | ed cA | ed B>A |
GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ |gf c>d | ed cF | G3 :|
|: B/d/ |
gg gg |f3 G/B/ | ee ee |d3 G |
FA/c/ ed | FA FA |FA/c/ ed |[1 B3 :|[2 G3 ||

There is also a third part…

“Swedish Rhapsody” ~ one name for it anyway…

I can’t believe I remembered that. I’ve been singing and dancing this tune. It is also played as and for the schottische…

“Swedish Rhapsody” ~ take two (minus the 2nd ending & 3rd part)

X: 1134
T: Gan Ainm
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: G Major
|: D |
GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ | gf c2 | ed F2 | ed G2 |
G (3B/c/d/ g (3a/g/f/ |gf c2 | ed cF | G3 :|
|: (3G/B/d/ |
.g.g .g.g |f3 (3F/A/c/ | .e.e .e.e |d3 D |
DF/A/ ed | F3 E | D (3F/G/A/ ed |[1 B3 :|[2 G3 ||

“The Three Swedish Rhapsodies” ~ Composer Hugo Alfvén (1872 - 1960)

"Swedish Rhapsody no 1, Op. 19 ‘Midsummer Vigil’"

"Midsommarvaka" = "Midsummer Vigil"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Alfv%C3%A9n

Trivia
The main theme of Alfvén’s "Swedish Rhapsody #1" was arranged and recorded as a fingerstyle guitar solo in 1957 by American guitarist Chet Atkins, and became one of Atkins best-known recordings. This solo is also featured on Deep Purple’s classical album "Live in Japan" where Ritchie Blackmore plays it in the song "Lazy."

“The Genius of Larry Adler: 15 Harmonica Classics” :-)

DECCA 466 133-2, 1999
Track 10: Alfvén’s Swedish Rhapsody

nicholas must be asleep…

Bb

Chet Atkins does it in Bb…

Hey, he’s awake!

“The Swedish Rhapsody” ~ lyrics

English words by Carl Sigman
Music by Percy Faith
Music based on Folk Themes by Hugo Alfven

Here’s the start to the lyrics, appropriate to things here, but I failed to find the full set of lyrics…

"One little fellow on a Swedish street,
Playin sweet, tweet, tweet tweet.
One penny whistle and an oompah beat, ~ "

And some other takes on it ~

Percy Faith and his Orchestra ~ Greatest Hits
The Mantovani Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra

“Swedish Rhapsody” ~ take 3, still in ‘basic’ mode

This is me trying to remember what I can, and this time spreading it out in 4/4 time with a bit of swing ~

X: 1134
T: Swedish Rhapsody
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: G Major
K: G
|: D2 |
G2 Bd g>ba>f | g2 f2 c4 | e2 d2 F4 | e2 d2 G4 |
G2 Bd g>ba>f | g2 f2 c4 | e2 d2 c2 F2 | G4 G2 :|
|: (3GBd |
g2 g4 g2 |f6 (3FAc | e2 e4 e2 |d6 D2 |
D2 F>A e2 d2 |[1 F4 F2 E2 | D2 (3FGA e2 d2 |[1 B6 :|
[2 F6 e>f | g2 (3fgf e2 f2 | g6 ||
|: e2 |
d2 B>d g4 | e2 c>e a3 g | f2 d2 e2 f2 | e>fe>d B2 c2 |
d2 B>d g4 | e2 c>e a3 g | f2 d2 e2 f2 | g4 g2 :|

Bad editing on my part, the B-part:

|: (3GBd |
g2 g4 g2 | f6 (3FAc | e2 e4 e2 | d6 D2 | D2 F>A e2 d2 |
[1 F4 F2 E2 | D2 (3FGA e2 d2 | B6 :|
[2 F6 e>f | g2 (3fgf e2 f2 | g6 ||

Alternative (standard) version - swedish rhapsody (Polka)

I´ve heard this tune all my life and I think a standard version would be more like this:

X: 1
C:Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960) / swedish trad.
T: Swedish Rhapsody, The
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Gmaj
G2 Bd | gb af | g2 f2 | c4 | {d}e2d2 | F4 | {d}e2d2 | G4 |
G2 Bd | gb af | g2 f2 | c3 d | e2 (3ded | c2 F2 |1 G4 | G4 :|2 G4- | G2 Bd ||
|: g2 g2 | g2 g2 | ~f4- | f2 Ac | e2 e2 | e2 e2 | d4- | d4 |
D2 FA | e2 d2 | F2 A2 | F2 A2 | D2 FA | e2d2 |1 G2B2 | G2 Bd :|2 G4 | G4 ||

I like that Percy Faith version (lyrics) - better than "Wooden Heart", IMO..!

Great! ;-) I think, in the various ways I remember it, that the prominent beat, borrowing Flakbeer’s take on it, has it either ~

|: G2 Bd gbaf | g2 f2 c4 | ~ or ~ |: GB/d/ g/b/a/f/ | gf c2 | ~

There is definitely that 2 beat per measure feel, rather than doubling the number of measures by chopping everything in half. It also fits the more usual norm of, in the 2-parters, 32 measure dance melodies…

LYRICS anyone?

I could only find that little bit… I’d love to see more…

Additional tunes from The Swedish Rhapsody (Midsommarvaka)

These are two other swedish folk melodies that appears in The Swedish Rhapsody by Alfvén.

X:1
T: Vindarna sucka uti skogarna
C:swedish trad
Q:"Adagio, very freely"
L:1/8
M:3/4
K:Gmin
d2B2B2 | c>B cd (3cA^F | d2B2B2 | c>B cd (3cA^F |
(3D=E^F GB AF | (3D=E^F GB AF | (3D=E^F GB AG | (3^FGA G2z2 |]


X:2
T:39. Trindskallar är vi allihopa
C:swedish trad
R:polska
Q:"Moderato"
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:G
d2d>e d>c | c>BG2B2 | d>cD2F>A |1 c>B G>A B>c :|2 c>BG2z2 |
|:D2F>F A>A | d>ef2d2 | e>f g>e ^c>e |1 e>d f>d A>F :|2 e>dd4 |
|:d2d>e d>c | c>BG2B2 | d>cD2F>A |1 c>B G>A B>c :|2 c>BG2z2 |]

A more correct notation of The Swedish Rhapsody (Midsommarvaka)

X: 1
T: Midsommarvaka (utdrag)
C: Hugo Alfvén / swedish trad.
N: also known as Swedish Rhapsody
Z:Falkbeer
M: 2/4
L: 1/16
R: polka
K: Gmaj
G2Bd gbaf | g2f2 c4 | e2d2 {G}F4 | e2d2 {A}G4 |
G2Bd gbaf | g2f2 c3d | e2 (3ded c2F2 |1 G4 G4 :|2 G4- G2 Bd ||
|: g2g2 g2g2 | f4-f2 Ac | e2e2 e2e2 | d4-d4 |
D2FA e2d2 | F2A2 F2A2 | D2FA e2d2 |1 G2B2 G2 Bd :|2 G4 G4 |]

"more correct" ~ now I can’t stop laughing, and picturing you with 12 fingers playing two whistles simultaneously… :-D

I like the polska…

Playing two whistles

ceolachan!
It´s not impossible to play two whistles at the same time! Either you can use three fingers on each whistle or six on one whistle and using the other one as a drone! twelve fingers are however beyond my reach. Glad you liked the polska!

Packie Byrne was famous for doing the two-whistle thing.

Langley Park Music

In the 1960’s I used to sit in the coffee bar at Langley Park listening to Marianne Faithful, Sonny & Cher etc etc. Why not call your tune Bobby Robson’s Serenade?

I sure another name is the 99s polka.;-)

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Yeah, two whistles, Cathal McConnell also swung that, and he and others have showed me several different ways with it, including one of taping two whistles together, but it never quite took hold, but it was fun, we got a lot of laughs from it… I’ll have to work up a couple of party pieces maybe? ;-)

“Irish Pennywhistle taught by Cathal McConnell” ~ Homespun

Damn it is late and I have work yet to do… Anyway, you got me thinking and I just checked quickly through some books and Cathal has two tunes he’s arranged for two whistles in this tutor he did for Homespun ~ "The Flowers of the Forest" using an F and a Bb whislte & "The Blarney Pilgrim" using two D whistles…

http://www.homespuntapes.com/

I think you’d need two players to swing this tune with two whistles, playing in the usual fasion, mostly thirds apart…