This splendid tune from Scandinavia gets played in sessions in NE England and no doubt elsewhere. I hope I’ve abc’d the transcription right, but it’s of the tune as played by the band Last Orders on their album of the same name.
Last Orders got the tune from the playing of a Norwegian / Finnish band called Frigg. The name may be a variant or a mis-spelling of Tuolpagorni or Tolpagorni, a mountain in Swedish Lappland close to the country’s highest, Kebnekaise.
This tune is played pretty briskly in the sessions I’ve heard it in, though obviously not quite as fast as the midi! Keys I’ve heard it in (so far) are D and A.
I’d like to know something of its origins - e.g., which country it comes from, and whether it is an anonymous trad tune or has a known composer. It’s definitely my Tune Of The Year.
I’ve notated the tune again in ABC below, substituting 3/4 time for the 3/2 I used when submitting it. It may be of help to those who find the submitted ABCs / sheetmusic / midi difficult to follow or work out, though in these I have at any rate notated the tune correctly, that is, in the form I’ve heard and learnt.
K: D Major
|| A B/A/ FD D>F | A B/A/ GE E>c | d d c/B/c/e/ A G/F/ | GB
B/A/G/A/ E>F | A B/A/ FD D>F | A B/A/ GE E>A | c d/c/ B
A2 G/F/ |1 E D/C/ D2 D/E/F/G/ :||2 E D/C/ D2 D/E/F/A/ |
||: M: 4/4 | d e/d/ c d2 F G A | B c/B/ A B2 G G F |
E/D/E/F/ G/F/G/B/ B/A/G/F/ G d | M: 2/4 | d/c/e/c/ A B/c/ | M:
4/4 | d e/d/ c d2 F G A | B c/B/ A B2 G G F | M: 3/4 | E d/c/
B A2 G/F/ |1 E D/C/ D2 D/E/F/A/ :||2 E D/C/ D2 z2 |
In the above ABCs, the following bars contain a c *natural* I forgot to note, instead of the c# which applies elsewhere:
Part 2 , bars 2 and 6.
K: A Major
e2fe c2A2 A4|e2fe d2B2 B4|a2a2 gabg e2dc|d2f2 fedc B2cd|
e2fe c2A2 A4|e2fe d2B2 B4|g2ag f2e2 -e2dc|1 B2AG A4 -ABcd:|2 B2AG A4 -AAce:|
|:a3a g2a2|z2c2 d2e2|f3f e2f2|z2d2 d2c2|B3c dcde|fedc B2a2|agbg e2fg|
a3a g2a2|z2c2 d2e2|f3f e2f2|z2d2 d2c2|B2ag f2e2|-e2dc B2AG|1 A4 -AAce:|2 A4 -A2z2|]
C: Karl-Johan Ankarblom
The tune (polska) is attributed to the composer/arranger/fiddler, Kalle Ankarblom (Karl-Johan Ankarblom).
As his work is spelled in accordance with the mountain (he studied in Piteå, Norrbotten, so perhaps he was inspired by a visit to Kiruna), I’ve adjusted the heading to suit.
Obviously, polskor are traditionally written in 3/4 (though this one has a shift of metre to 4/4).