FOLK TUNE KJØRSTAD KILLING SLÅTT, THE
Type: Springer
Family: KJØRSTADDREPEN
Person: Arne Bjørndal
WORK Hardingfeleslåtter
Volume: 4
No: 292
Page: 267
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'Nedstilt kvint og bass', 'ljøsblått', 'huldastille'
COMMENTS
(The Kjørstad Killing Slått) B. 585. Written down in 1917. Rysstad had learnt the slått on å trip to America from Saem (Sem) Sørensen, who was born in Bygland, Setesdal. His father was a fiddler, a relative of Neri Nese. Sørensen had the slått from Knut Sjåheim (Sjåheimsguten), Vestre Slidre, Valdres, who lived in Bryant, Washington, U.S.A. Sjåheim died in 1910, about 70 years of age. Kjørstad is an estate in Valdres. There was a wedding, and while they danced a rejected suitor turned up with a companion. During a dance this man attempted to kill the bridegroom. But in the end it was the two would-be assassins who were killed. The bridegroom was stabbed, but not fatally. The slått that was being played during the scuffle was thereafter called 'The Kjørstad Killing Slått'. See Halvard Bergh, Folklore from Valdres and Hallingdal, in Norwegian Folk Culture, Risør 1922. O. K. Ødegaard, From Valdres long ago (Kra. 1911) p. 159. This is believed to be the traditional story on which Welhaven based his poem 'Aasgaardsreien'. Spelmannsbladet, 1959 Nos. 3-4 p. 20.

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