I've played this for years in various contra dance settings and always thought it was traditional (you can tell I'm an ear learner, not paper trained!) But after posting it in the TOTM poll and actually seeing notation, I learned that it was composed by Roger Tallroth.
To that, all I can say is, this guy is totally brilliant; Josefins Dopvals is one of those waltzes that dancers just love and musicians (at least around here) love to play.
I understand that it was written in F, and that Tallroth prefers it in that key, but hear it played more in G - a lot of contra dance musicians are allergic to F, as are many squeezebox players of the diatonic persuasion. Your choice; I intend to learn it in F on my C/G Anglo because my skills in that key are deficient, but may also record it in the more familiar G.
Here's the video I posted originally; little did I know that Tallroth, the composer, is playing guitar (thank's, Irene S).
There's a gorgeous version on a CD by the American contra dance band Contrazz. Scroll down the page and you'll find a snippet, and if you have access to Spotify, you can listen to the entire cut.
And a version on accordion complete with bonfire and very talkative audience.
Here's notation for the tune in the original key of F, provided by Chris Drinkwater, also attached as a PDF
C:Roger Tallroth (1993)
|:"F"C F G|A c B|A G F|C2 C|"Bb"B,3/2 B,/2 B,
|D F E|"Gm"D3|"C"C3|"F"C F G|A c B|A G F|C2 D
|"Bb"B,3/2 B,/2 B,|C E F|1 "C"G3-|G3 :|2 "C"G3-|G A B
|:"F"c A c|f2 e|"Bb"d3|"F/A"c3|"Gm"B d c
|B A G|"F"A3/2 B/2 A|"C"G A B|"F"c A c|f2 e
|"Bb"d3|"F/A"c3|"Gm"B d c|B A G|"F"A3/2 B/2 A|"C"G A B
|"Dm"A G F|E2 F|"Bb"F3|B, C B,|"F"A, C F
|"C7"E D E|1 "F"F3-|F A B:|2 "F"F3-|F3||
And Chris's version in G:
|:"G"DGA | Bdc | BAG | D2D | "C"C>CC | EGF | "Am"E3 | "D7"D3 |
"G"DGA | Bdc | BAG | D2E | "C"C>CC | EFG | [1"D"(A3 | A3):| [2"D"(A3 | A)Bc |
|:"G"dBd | g2f | "C"e3| "G/B"d3 | "Am"ced | "D"cBA | "G"B>cB | "D"ABc |
"G"dBd | g2f | "C"e3 | "G/B"d3 | "Am"ced | "D7"cBA | "G"B>cB |"D"ABc |
"Em"BAG | "Em/D"F2G | "C"E3 | "Am"C>DC | "G"B,DG | "D7"FEF | [1"G"(G3 | G)Bc :|[2"G"(G3 | G3) |]
This is a beautiful tune and totally worth the effort to learn! Let's start the new year off right with a lot of recordings.
And remember: you don't have to be an advanced player to participate. We all benefit from the discipline of learning new tunes and posting them for public consumption, and from the feedback we get from our peers. That's what the TOTM is all about.
Edited by Jim Besser, 31 December 2013 - 04:42 PM.