November starts early here at the TOTM, since I'll be without Web access for a while.
This month's tune: the Swedish polska Trollspolska .
In the US, Trollspolska gets played a lot at contra dances for the hardy folks who enjoy dancing the occasional hambo, in large part because it's one of a very few hambo tunes most of us know. But that doesn't mean it isn't a fine tune; it has lots of oomph and is great fun to play, IMO.
Recently I asked several friends who play a lot of Scandinavian music about the tune's origins, but didn't learn much.
"Everybody just knows it," a Swedish fiddling friend said.
Hopefully one of our Scandi experts can shed a little more light on the subject.
Around here it's always played in Dm, and that's the notation I found, below. But in fooling around with the tune a little, I'm pretty sure I'm going to try it in Am on the C/G Anglo.
Here's a video showing a hambo danced to Trollspolska. It's a lovely dance, isn't it?
And thanks to Spindizzy, here's a gorgeous version on fiddle and nyckelharpa.
If you want to read more about hambos and polskas, check out this Wiki article.
But you don't have to play it like a dance tune; here's a really cool jazz interpretation.
Edited by Jim Besser, 30 October 2014 - 10:46 PM.