Today, Hagathorn unveil "Skog Brudmarsch" – the second single of their upcoming album “Björndansen” (Dance of the Bear).
“Björndansen” predominantly features old Nordic folk songs, with one prime example being “Skog Brudmarsch”: an 18th-century melody originally employed as a kind of wedding march. The most likely composer is Byss-Calle, a Swedish musician - born in the parish of Älvkarleby, Uppsala County, on April 26, 1783 - specialised in nyckelharpa and fiddle.
The interlude of the Hagathorn arrangement features both improvisation and recently composed material to accompany the original melody and enhance the mysterious feeling of this old song.
Will Ott commented:
The main melody is in the key of C minor as it was originally composed for a nyckelharpa – of which lowest string is a C, just like that of a viola. In this situation, the low C string is perfectly used as a drone noted to accompany the melody on the G string a fifth up. The music notation for this melody can be found in the booklet included with the “Björndansen” disc.