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    Default Arrangement of a Finnish folksong “Kukkuva kello”

    This is my arrangement of a Finnish folksong “Kukkuva kello” (Cuckoo clock). A rough English translation of the first verse of the song would be something like this:
    “Buy me, you son, that cuckoo clock
    to the chamber wall to cuckoo,
    so I know the number of hours,
    so I don't sleep too much.”

    Usually this song is a fast Finnish partner dance called “jenkka”, the Finnish version of the schottische. It is danced to music in 2/4 or 4/4 time signature, with about 140 beats per minute. I've been thinking about the lyrics to this song and I don't think it can be a very fast paced song, it could be slower, maybe even slower than I play it in this video ...

    https://youtu.be/fINiyTskWnU

    Toomas Rannu
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    Very pleasing performance, Toomas. I like the clock-like ticking you create, and the descending double stops.
    I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe

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    Very sweet tune, beautifully played!

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