Gånglåt

A gånglåt is a category of Swedish traditional folk music; a fiddle-tune in an easy, 4/4 or 2/4 march meter. The name in Swedish means "walking tune", and the traditional tempo is that of a stately walk. Not to be referred to/or confused with a march when this is spoken of in Swedish in the traditional genre. A gånglåt resembles a slow Irish reel in structure, with two (or, more rarely, three) 16-bar strains, each repeated twice, in the form AABB.

The Swedish folk fiddle repertoire contains hundreds of traditional tunes in this form. They are often performed by several fiddlers (see: spelmanslag) in multiple-part harmony.


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