The Swan Manuscripts
Sometimes manuscripts lurk in the strangest of places…
24 Tunes in the Swedish Style
Originally written for the Swedish Bagpipes this version was put together for nyckelharpa, or fiddle or indeed any instrument capable of playing in keys up to about G minor. Polska, schottis, brudmarsch, vals, slängpolska even the elusive five-times waltz. All presented in an authentic hand-written style. (But very legible, see above!)
This is a duet book, so grab your instrument, a friend and have some fun! An album of the tunes is in the pipe line, in the meantime have a listen to some short extracts of a few of the tunes recorded on nyckelharpa.
Note: This tunes in this book are the same as the border pipe book – the harmonies are reworked for instruments with range larger than bagpipes have.
Originally written for the Swedish Bagpipes this is a version written out for conical bagpipes in G (ie border pipes). (The tunes are mostly in C minor though, but written for readers of border pipes in G). If you play bagpipes this is for you! You need a set of pipes that has a minor 6th note (ie pipes with a minor 6th). It’ll work with Swedish Bagpipes – the written six finger note is a G. If you play cylindrical bore pipes (ie smallpipes) as long as you have the minor 6th you’ll be ok. Scottish Smallpipes don’t traditionally have this note, but Northumbrian pipes might be ok. Let me know! I’m 75% sure it’ll work wonderfully on moraharpa – watch this space and once I’ve found someone with a moraharpa I’ll let you know! If in doubt, get in touch!
Note: The tunes are the same as the 24 tunes book above – but written out in the key favoured by players of conical G pipes.
This is a duet book, so grab your pipes, a friend and have some fun! An album of the tunes is in the pipe line. Have a listen to some short extracts of a few of the tunes recorded on border pipes.
The Swedish Bagpipe (säckpipa) version of the 24 tunes. The instrument for which these tunes were made. Available as a book with digital download audio. Note the final three tunes are different in this version)
Below is an example of two of the tunes. One tune is available as a learning podcast – click here.