Sheet music catalogue
- voice and
The mixed choir version of Rondo
Lapponico (Lappish Rondo) is listed as article
The version for strings makes up the third part
triptyk, which is article number 115.
Listen to "Rondo Lapponico":
Gunnar Hahn Writes about Rondo Lapponico (Lappish
The Lapps (Samer) are nomads in northern Scandinavia who
roam over a wide area with their reindeer herds. The close
affinity of their culture to nature is expressed in their
traditional song "the jojk" which convincingly declares
their kinship with the mountains, rivers, forests and
animals and their own tribal feelings. "The jojk" has an
irregular measure and can be repeated endlessly.
The Lappish language has a particular rhythm which is
similar to the Balkan languages. The measure is thus often
5/8, 7/8 or 9/8 time. However, the allegro section in "Rondo
Lapponico" is in 6/8 time, because the text is in
Gunnar Hahn´s "Rondo Lapponico" is entirely based on
"the jojk", which is dedicated to (1) the wild geese, (2)
lake "Rautasjaure", (3) the troll-drum hill
"Gåddesbakte", (4) the river "Bleksik", (5) the
village of "Allesgetje", (6) the wild geese again, and so
on. The Finnish text in the middle section is a song of
consolation which says that Our Father has shown us His
will; he has called our brother from Earth, because He loved
him so much.
The coda is a "jojk" dedicated to the reindeer - the most
precious Lapp possession.
Gunnar Hahn, 1994