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Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)

Joe Offer 01 May 16 - 01:29 AM
Joe Offer 02 May 16 - 01:07 AM
Joe Offer 02 May 16 - 01:18 AM
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GUEST 03 May 16 - 07:24 AM
GUEST,Paul F. Anderson 03 Aug 18 - 03:13 PM
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Subject: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 May 16 - 01:29 AM

Can anybody tell me more about this song? It's in Girl Scout and school songbooks.

"PER SPELMANN" (Per the Musician) is the story of a musician who trades his only cow to get
back his good, old violin. He plays that instrument until the fiddle laughs, the boys dance, and the
girls cry!


/:Per spelmann, han hadde ei einaste ku, :/
/:Han bytta bort kua, fekk fela igjen,:/
“Du gamle go'e fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!”

/:Per spelmann, han spelta,
Aa fela hu laat!:/
/:Saa gutterne dansa',
Aa jenterne graat.:/
“Du gamle go'e fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!”

/: Aa um eg vert gammal
Som mose paa tre, :/
/: Saa aldrig eg bytta burt
Fela i fe. :/
“Du gamle go'e fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!”


/:Per, the musician, had only one cow,:/
/:He traded the cow, got his fiddle back,:/
"You old, good violin, you violin,
You fiddle mine!”

/: Per, the musician, he played,
And the fiddle, she laughed! :/
/: 'Til the boys were dancing,
And the girls cried. :/
"You old, good violin, you violin,
You fiddle mine!”

/: And if I become old
As moss on a tree, :/
/:Then never would I trade away
Fiddle again. :/
"You old, good violin, you violin,
You fiddle mine!”

http://www.norwegianmelodies.com/translations.htm


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Subject: ADD Version: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 May 16 - 01:07 AM

Here's the version from Our Chalet II, a songbook by the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. It's quite different from the version above.

PER SPELMANN

Per spelmann han hadde ei einaste ku,
Per spelmann han hadde ei einaste ku,
Han bytta bort kua, fekk fela igjen,
Han bytta bort kua, fekk fela igjen,

CHORUS
"Du gamle, gode fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!"

Per spelmann han spela, og fela ho let, (twice)
sa gutane dansa og jentone gret. (twice)
CHORUS

Og om eg vert gamal som stein under bru (twice)
so aldri eg byter bort fela for ku! (twice)
CHORUS

Og om eg vert gamal som skorpe pa graut, (twice)
so aldri eg byter bort fela for naut! (twice)
CHORUS

YouTube has lots of recordings of this song. Here's one:


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spellmann (Norwegian)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 May 16 - 01:18 AM

And another:

"PER SPELMANN" (Per the Musician) is the story of a musician who trades his only cow to get back his good, old violin. He plays that instrument until the fiddle laughs, the boys dance, and the girls cry!

Lyrics (same as above, but maybe more readable):

Per spelmann, han hadde ei einaste ku,
Han bytta bort kua, fekk fela igjen,
"Du gamle go'e fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!"

Per spelmann, han spelta,
Aa fela hu laat!
Saa gutterne dansa',
Aa jenterne graat.
"Du gamle go'e fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!"

Aa um eg vert gammal
Som mose paa tre,
Saa aldrig eg bytta burt
Fela i fe.
"Du gamle go'e fiolin, du fiolin,
Du fela mi!"

English translation:

Per, the musician, had only one cow,
He traded the cow, got his fiddle back,
"You old, good violin, you violin,
You fiddle mine!"

Per, the musician, he played,
And the fiddle, she laughed!
'Til the boys were dancing,
And the girls cried.
"You old, good violin, you violin,
You fiddle mine!"

And if I become old
As moss on a tree,
Then never would I trade away
Fiddle again.
"You old, good violin, you violin,
You fiddle mine!"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spellmann (Norwegian)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 May 16 - 01:21 AM

...and as a dance:


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 02 May 16 - 06:58 AM

!!!
I learned this on the 'Devonia' school cruise to Iceland and Norway in 1964 (?) along with eth Norwegian national anthem -- both of which I can still sing from memory with no idea of what the words mean in the nathional anthem- - I vaguely remember the story about the fiddle and the cow- - kinda similar to Scots language anyway/watching all those Scandinavian noir detective programmes so can work it out.
We had cultural/geological/historical lectures on board during the cruise (and the newly released Beatles movie - was it 'Help'?! Saw it every night for a week - -- )
Our trip was not long after the eruption on Surtsey (?) the new volcanic island off Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 May 16 - 07:24 AM

Per Spelmann / Peder Olsen Kringlehaugen is a very famous figure in Norwegian fiddle music about whom there are many stories; many involving drink, ladies and at least one pawning of an instrument.

It's up for debate as to whether he is the eponymous character, adopted the nickname because of the song or it's a happy co-incidence. The internet is not a place to let the truth get in the way of a good story - so beware .. here's a page that touches on the topic :
http://hogfiddle.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/there-really-was-per-spelmann.html

Whilst Per has 'Godfather' status - I've often heard it said that this is to the detriment of other equally (or more) accomplished and yet less well known musicians. Apocryphilia & Comedy songs are part of that narrative as well!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: GUEST,Paul F. Anderson
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 03:13 PM

Tom Fiddler
“Per Spelmann”

|: Tom Fiddler he had just one cow, so they say, :|
|: He bartered his cow for a fiddle one day. :|
|: "O good old, sweet old violin, old violin, o fiddle mine!" :|

|: Tom Fiddler he fiddled, he was so adept, :|
|: The lads fell a-dancing, the lasses all wept. :|
|: "O good old, sweet old violin, old violin, o fiddle mine!" :|

|: "And though I grow old like the moss on the bough, :|
|: I'll never swap my violin for a cow." :|
|: "O good old, sweet old violin, old violin, o fiddle mine!" :|

Norwegian folksong
English lyrics: Christopher Norman (pen name of Norwegian translator Ragnar Christophersen)

The above lyrics were published in the 1950 anthology: "Norway Sings".
Norway Sings: a collection of Norwegian folk music, (Oslo: Norsk
musikforlag, 1950).

Pelle Joner recorded “Per Spelmann” for his 1958 LP on the Smithsonian label. His liner notes included “Tom Fiddler” but did not credit the translator.

DOWNLOAD LINER NOTES WITH “TOM FIDDLER”
https://folkways.si.edu/pelle-joner/norwegian-folk-songs/world/music/album/smithsonian


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: leeneia
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 10:39 PM

Thanks for the links, everyone. I particularly liked the song with the Norwegian violin. I forget what you call it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: Murpholly
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 04:34 AM

I learnt a versian of Per Spelman years ago in Singing Together.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Per Spelmann (Norwegian)
From: Senoufou
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 04:54 AM

Yes, Murpholly, I remember teaching this to my class with Singing Together.
The words went 'He wanted a fiddle but didn't know how'.
My twelve year-olds surreptitiously sang, 'He wanted to piddle but didn't know how'.
They fondly imagined I didn't hear them.


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