Slaatter-As performed by Knut Dahle and transcribed by Johan Halvorsen

Posted on July 5th, 2011 by


25th March 2012. Statue of Halvorsen outside the National Theatre Oslo. On my way to play a recital at the Norwegian Music Academy; so, coals to Newcastle notwithstanding, I played Larsen’s Halling as an encore.

Larsens Halling, Live in Baltimore, 4 4 2012 (Peter Sheppard Skaerved)

I was given the first edition of Halvorsen’s faithful transcriptions of Slaater when I was a teenager, and they have been on and off the music desk ever since.  It took me a long time to get to grips with how groundbreaking these were. I will write more on this later but today August 2nd) I will simply append Giboen’s Bridal March.

Giboens Bruremarsch (Scordatura A-D-A-E

Workshop recording-St Paul Minnesota 2nd August 

Bruremarsch fra Telemarken 

Kivlemoyerne. Gangar. (Scordatura F C A E) 

Bruremarsch efter Moellergutten-Traditional Hardanger Melody 

Traditional. As performed by Knud Dahle and transcribed by Johan Halvorsen.
Published by Peters Verlag as ‘Norwegische Bauerntaenze'(Slaatter) -‘wie diesselben auf der norwegischen Bauernfiedel gespielt werden’

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1698 Joachim) (Scordatura A E A E)
Outtake 29th June 2010
Engineer-Jonathan Haskell-Astounding Sounds

For a linked Danish Project click on THE FOG IS LIFTING

Halvorsen to Edvard Grieg: “Today I saved two folk dances from oblivion. They aren’t so easy to transcribe. Small jumps and trills like a small trout in a torrent…Sometimes he (Knut Dale) used ornaments, a mixture of 2/4 and 6/8 time, that made me laugh aloud for joy”.

Knut Dahle

Johan Halvorsen, with a Hardangerfedel

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