Ridmarsch efter Erik Östlund

  This Ridmarsch efter Erik Östlund is a special kind of a tune.  It can be called a bridal march, but originally not for inside a church.  A wedding procession going from the bride’s home to the church might be led on horseback, and the fiddler would play a “ridmarsch” (riding march) sitting in the saddle while his horse was led by either a someone on foot or on another horse.

Anders Gustaf Jernberg (1829 – 1897) was a fiddler in Gästrikland.  This tune entered his family repertoire, father to son, through several generations.  Erik Östlund was a fiddling acquaintance of his.




Here is a video of me playing the Ridmarsch efter Erik Östlund.