2-tur fra Vejle (2-trip from Vejle)
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Photo of this week: Celebrating the 200 years anniversary of
the freeing of the peasants from the adscription (Stavnsbåndet).
We then had a big show in front of the town hall in our local Copenhagen
suburb with 100 dancers from Spillemandsdansen (= Fiddlers' Dance) + 25
folk musicians. (A wonderful day: first the show here, then a private garden
party, then all evening dance on the wharf of a cute fishing village at
the Sound, with a floating bonfire on the water. And splendid summer weather).
In a break in the show Kim and I danced a traditional fight dance to show
the rising feelings of independence among the peasants as opposed to the
few established farmers. (Adscription meant that the peasants could not
leave the area decided by the manor).
For my family the freeing of the peasants in 1788 was of high importance.
Because this led to, that the farmers could buy their own land from about
1850 (in Jutland). And so did my ancestors in Vendsyssel and they became
independent farmers. They belonged to (the previous monastery of) Børglum
Kloster that owned land for many kilometres. A few years before 1788 a
young lad got tired of this toilsome life and wanted to escape. He left
the farm where he worked to go home to his father's smaller farm for a
couple of days, he said. Both farms were copyholds (fæstegårde)
under rule of Børglum Kloster: the farmers had to pay to get their
farms, had to buy them but still really not own them, and since give regular
work to the manor and give him part of the harvest. The lad walked a couple
of days towards south west (with freezing feet in the snow) and was caught
before he succeeded in getting a boat ride to the island of Mors. On the
4' day of the lad's missing the two farmers went the (long) way to the
manor to report it. That was too late the manor said. So the manor confiscated
the two farms! The lad was brought in a couple of days later. The manor
wanted the lad whipped and placed in a cruel prison in Copenhagen (far
away language) for lifetime "because otherwise it was impossible to keep
a hold of people". But the court of Viborg only placed the lad in prison
in Viborg for a number of years. Around World War 1 the bottom class in
the countryside also got their juridical freedom. The adscription had been
tightened considerable 50 years before it suddenly was abolished, as the
king's mean of improving the bad national economy (the king's wars with
Sweden), by forcing the peasants to work harder for the manors. This failed:
the peasants became more and more lazy and ignorant about growing the fields.
Then the king was persuaded instead to give more freedom to the better
part of the peasants, to become independent striving farmers. This eventual
led to improvement for the country, to co-operatives, to folk high schools.
Dance of the week, 1999, February 22:
The melody can be heard in midi on computer piano in my tempo (if you
have a sound card). (The melody will loop here until you stop it. In the
table below it will play once). (I have not played the tunes here with
the "drive" I want for dance music).
|1||melody||the traditional good dancing melody, polished through generations of use on the fiddle|
|Midi metronome = 110||simple (folk music) chords, natural for playing the accordion;
these chords are used to make the other parts or voices in triad harmony;
there should be no tension from dissonance anywhere including in octavo
|2||A||(Above), parallel part nearest above in third or little more above|
|3||B||(Below), parallel part nearest below in third or little more below|
|4||ns||simple n part; often with the tonic feeling and often with the basic dance rhythm ("motor part")|
|5||C1||C parts are made from A and B parts, and so they are two parts to the melody|
|6||C2||C2 is less simple than C1|
|voice up and down (mostly) contra to the melody; it is also made from A and B|
|8||n1||n is a less constricted part, and tones from the melody are freely included|
|"train like" part; because the name and the music and dance now a days often is associated with a train trip to Vejle. (One of the most beautiful train trips in Denmark goes to Vejle, through the valley Grejsdalen).|
|13||blank||.||blank staff for making your own part according to the principles here|
(The midi music is not repeated, except for 1' and 2' voltas).
Use also octavo, up and down.
Where wanted, notes can be changed according to the principles (use a colour pencil), e.g. to improve the B part with some notes from A.
The music is aimed at dancing, so part of the orchestra can be the underlying "motor" when another instrument group is playing its "solo" part (improvisation) as one of the many repetitions.
The double bass may play its usual notes, because of its low pitch.
It is better to choose a more simple part and play it well.
Accordion: beats per bar: 2+2
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