Truculent ladies

Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid
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Tuulikki and Emma discovered the music of Orsa independently: Emma as an 11-year-old at a fiddle course in Malung and Tuulikki via a crackling archive recording at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Now they share a deep passion for the music inherited after the Orsa fiddler Gössa Anders Andersson (1878-1963). Together they have plunged into the depths of his fiddle style and tonal language, listened to archive recordings and then developed their own interpretations of his music. They want to find a way back to Gössa Anders' ancient style of playing – the complex rhythms, the truculent swing, the phrasing articulation, ornaments… The list is long. Tuulikki faces challenges like imitating the crisp accent of the bow with bellows and fingers, and adapting microtones to her chromatic instrument. The arrangements are most often based on a modal thinking with inspiration taken from Gössa Anders' two foremost playing partners, his daughter Gössa Anna Andersson (1906-1999) and Jämt Olof Ersson (1872-1938).

"When we discovered our mutual fascination a never-ending and winding journey began, taking us through time, backwards and forwards. The characters belonging to the music, our interplay and the continuous search have opened up a new world full of little insights and lessons. And the music itself carries so much wisdom! It is at the same time both fragile and stubborn, simple and hopelessly complicated. It speaks of joy and misery, life and death. We are forever grateful."

Code: 
TUEMCD1
Publisher: 
Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid
Publishing year: 
2006-00-00T00:00:00
Recording year: 
2005

Produced by Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid
Recorded by Marko Myöhänen
Mixed by Marko Myöhänen
Mastered by Minerva Pappi, Finnvox

1. Polska after Pål Karl, Polska after Artur Lundberg, Grönviken

Comp. Tuulikki Bartosik, trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

2. Orsa bridal march after Gössa Anders Andersson

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

There are many versions of this old tune, this one is our favourite.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

3. Sister polskas 1 and 2 after Blecko Anders Olsson, Orsa

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

4. Sister polska 4 after Blecko Anders Olsson, Orsa

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Variants of this melody are played all over Sweden. Tuulikki learned this version from Jonny Soling.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

5. Lorikspolskan after Gössa Anders Andersson

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

An incredibly beautiful and deep tune: it tells of life and death, happiness and sorrow. We dedicate our version to Ain Sarv, the generous music and dance enthusiast who died unexpectedly on a sunny September day 2005.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

6. Orsa waltz after Gössa Anders Andersson

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

For once Tuulikki wants so sound like a fiddle orchestra and she puts the standard bass to use.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

7. Leo's walking tune

Comp. Emma Reid, arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

A symbolisation of Leo's walk through life.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

8. Mother Tiina's 50th birthday waltz, Bengt's 50th birthday waltz

Comp. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid, arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

9. Polska after Jämt Olle, Orsa. Svartviken, polska after Evert Åhs

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Jämt Olof Ersson was Gössa Anders' loyal playing partner. There are so few recordings of both of them one can only imagine the richness of their duo.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

10. Lullaby for Mr. Lion

Comp. Tuulikki Bartosik, arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

11. Torsmopolskan, Orsa

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Tuulikki has her version after Jonny Soling whose calm, supportive presence comes to mind from the first note. Emma has her version after Simon Simonsson, a great storyteller.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

12. Karl-Olof's polska after Gössa Anders Andersson

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

We have learned Gössa Anna's counter melody.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

13. Waltz after father

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Gössa Anders Andersson learned this and many other tunes from his father.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

14. Polska after Jämt Olle, Orsa. Pols after Martinus Helgesen, Elva

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

15. Waiting. Polska after Klockare Nyström

Comp. Tuulikki Bartosik, trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

When young and crazy friendships can be unnecessarily complicated and good mates can become worst enemies. The first tune is dedicated to such a friend, waiting for both of us to grow less crazy and more mature.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

16. Matikki reel

Comp. Emma Reid, arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

Dedicated to Emma's good friends on their wedding day.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin

17. Polska after Bränd Jon Larsson, Orsa

Comp. trad., arr. Tuulikki Bartosik, Emma Reid.

A lyrical polska that Emma learned during an inspiring visit to the fiddler Carina Normansson. It has all the typical Orsa trills and phrasing.

Tuulikki Bartosik: accordeon
Emma Reid: violin