Långdans efter Pehr Christiansson
This Långdans efter Pehr Christiansson is named for a fiddler in the province of Skåne.
It was played traditionally for the dance called långdans, or “long dance”. In the dance, participants hold hands or link arms, and step in time to the music, following the lead of the person at the front of the line.
Farther north in Sweden, the långdans is usually done to a polska-type melody, but it can also be done in duple time, as with this tune.
To the left is a video of me playing the tune the way I learned it in Skåne in 1974. Since then, I have also heard it played at a much faster tempo.