Vals efter Mikael Rapp

  This Vals efter Mikael Rapp is one of my favorites to play for dancing.   A popular “mixer” dance at many Swedish dances is called “familjevals”, or “family waltz”.  Depending on the variation, each dancer gets a chance to do at least one waltz turn with half the others (traditionally male-female, but counterclockwise-clockwise when male-female is not even).

Mikael Rapp was born in 1799 in Sundsjö in the province of Jämtland, and died in 1877.   He left a large legacy of music in eastern Jämtland, often compared to the great Lapp-Nils.