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METSÄKUKKIA ("Flowers of the Forest," "Forest Flower Waltz" or "Woodland Flowers (2)"). Finnish, Waltz. USA, northern Wisconsin, Massachusetts. G Minor (Matthiesen): A Minor (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC (Johnson): AA'BB'CC' (Matthiesen). A very popular tune in Finland (where it is an accordion standard), imported to the United States in the Scandinavian communities of the northern states. The waltz was picked up by American contra-dance musicians, and some wag invented the alternate title "Meadow Cookies" (i.e. cow pies, cow dung) in imitation of the Finnish title.

Source for notated version: "Crosscut" Larson (Midland, Michigan) [Johnson]; Ruthie Dornfeld (Cambridge, Mass./Seattle) [Matthiesen].

Printed sources: Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's No. 7: Michigan Tunes), vol. 7, 1986-87; p. 14. Matthiesen (The Waltz Book), 1995; pp. 36-37.

Recorded sources: Parlophon b. 36103 (78 RPM), Viljo Vesterinen (1931). Varrick VR-038, Yankee Ingenuity - "Heatin' Up the Hall" (1989). Boys of the Lough - "Sweet Rural Shade."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
See/hear versions on youtube.com [2] [3]




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