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Tomtarnas Julnatt - Piano Variations

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I wanted to do something for Christmas, even if I'm short on time, so I decided yesterday to just sit down and play this almost 100 years old traditional Swedish Christmas Carol, called "Tomtarnas Julnatt" (Midnatt Råder). In English, it roughly translates to "Christmas Night of the Elves".

Even though I played around with the piece a bit before recording, this is mostly improvised (and thus I fixed some mistakes too). I also uploaded my playing to youtube:


I hope you enjoy!
And I wish you all Happy Holidays <3

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lovely, also progressive neat cover, merry xmas d ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°b

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks, dude! Glad to see you enjoyed it :D
Merry Xmas ^ ^

Hey, I'd listen to this over most Christmas music any day. The only Christmas song I've liked here in the US is Greensleeves, and this tops that. :)

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks, dude! There's sooo much Xmas music from different countries out there, but it's probably quite easy to grow tired of the ones that are played a million times, every Christmas :p
I like Greensleeves as well!

I don't think I've heard this one before, I like it. Thanks for yet another piece of amazing music :D Happy Hollidays to you too mate

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Really! :O?
I would've thought you'd have this in Denmark too! But I guess it might only be in Sweden and Finland :D
I'm glad you like it though!
Happy Holidays :)

Flawless playing. Nice to hear christmas songs from another counties. Thanks for sharing :)

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for listening, dude :D
Even though it's a Swedish piece, we tend to play it a lot in Finland too ^ ^

I like the rhythmic variation. The rhythm at 1:15 is my favorite. As usual, your piano playing is excellent :D

I listened to the original version on youtube. Your improv sounds similar; you remembered the most defining melodies.

I should listen to christmas music from other countries more often. I've been hearing the same songs being played on the radio every year since I was born. This song sounds christmassy but it's also refreshing.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I wish my piano playing had been more excellent! I had to fix a mistake where I played all the notes in one hand wrong, at one point :V
But that's what you get for trying to improvise in such a difficult manner!

EDIT: Alright, I'm redoing this part - I don't even know if I've ever heard the original version, since it was written so long ago! But there are tons of adaptions all over the place :)
The basic melody is imprinted into my memory, since I've heard it so many times since I was 0 years old. I probably used different chords occasionally, though!

I'm sure there are tons of good Christmas tracks from all around the world. This, I found is simply a pretty fun one to play :D
Thank you for listening and for watching!

P.S. The rhythm at 1:15 is my favorite too ^ ^

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Dec 23, 2016
8:47 AM EST
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5.8 MB
2 min 32 sec

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