violacd03: American Hanuri Prinsessa Volume 3 1947-1949 CD by Viola Turpeinen
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Tracks:
Rakkahin (Dolores Waltz)
Emil Waldteufel
3:08
Haamuistojen valssi (Anniversary Song)
I. Ivanovici, san. Arno Ora
3:24
Shake Your Fingers
Viola Turpeinen
2:42
Together Polka
Tetos Demetriades
2:37
Hyvan ajan polkka (Good Time Polka)
Viola Turpeinen
2:38
Vanhanmaan polkka (Old Country Polka)
Ei Julkaistu
2:36
New Years Hambo
Viola Turpeinen
2:37
Harlem-Schottis
2:38
Everybody's waltz
Viola Turpeinen
2:53
Tanneri Waltz (Kulkurin valssi)
Traditional
2:57
Scandinavian Folk Dance
Viola Turpeinen
2:32
Kulkurin valssi (Vagabond Waltz)
J.Alfred Tanner
2:56
Sinua mina kaipaan (You, You Are the One Waltz)
2:52
Jouluyo, juhlayo (Silent Night)
Franz Gruber
3:15
Joululaulu (Christmas Song)
Teodor Soderberg
3:07
Mustalainen (The Gypsy)
Viola Turpeinen
2:45
Sinulle rakkain savel soi (To You I sing)
Viola Turpeinen
2:46
Kynttiloiden syttyessa(Lighting Time in the Valley)
Lyons-Hart, Usko Hurmerinta
2:37
Lapsuuden toverille (Childhood Friend)
Suomalainen Kansanlaullu

2:39

Tanssin Olgan kanssa (Dancing with Olga)
Vili Syrjala, Pelkonen
2:40
Saunassa (In the Steam Bath)
Vili Syrjala
2:39
Kauhavan tappelu (Kauhava in Action)
Viola Turpeinen
2:35
Janie's polka
William Syrjala
2:34
Total Time
58.13
Sound Samples:
Name
Time
mp3 file size
Rakkahin (Dolores Waltz)
20s
Haamuistojen valssi (Anniversary Song)
20s
Shake Your Fingers
20s
Together Polka
20s
Hyvan ajan polkka (Good Time Polka)
20s
Vanhanmaan polkka (Old Country Polka)
20s
New Years Hambo
20s
Harlem-Schottis
20s
Everybody's waltz
20s
Tanneri Waltz (Kulkurin valssi)
20s
Scandinavian Folk Dance
20s
Kulkurin valssi (Vagabond Waltz)
20s
Sinua mina kaipaan (You, You Are the One Waltz)
20s
Jouluyo, juhlayo (Silent Night)
20s
Joululaulu (Christmas Song)
20s
Mustalainen (The Gypsy)
20s
Sinulle rakkain savel soi (To You I sing)
20s
Kynttiloiden syttyessa(Lighting Time in the Valley)
20s
Lapsuuden toverille (Childhood Friend)
20s
Tanssin Olgan kanssa (Dancing with Olga)
20s
Saunassa (In the Steam Bath)
20s
Kauhavan tappelu (Kauhava in Action)
20s
Janie's polka
20s
Description: American Hanuri Prinsessa Volume 3 1947-1949 CD by Viola Turpeinen
Viola Turpeinen Biography     Other Viola Turpeinen CD's

The wedding of Viola Turpeinen and William Syrjala was a major social event, which was widely reported in the Finnish-American press. The couple received numerous wedding presents, including a marble lamp, and Viola's teacher, the famous Italian accordionist Pietro Deiro played "The Wedding of the Winds" for the newly-marrieds.

Viola and William continued to play regularly at the Workers' Hall with the Kosola orchestra. In 1937, Kosola left New York for a half-year long American tour with the popular Finnsh comedian Matti Jurva. When he returned to New York, he found that his orchestra at the 5th Avenue Hall had been taken over by Syrjala. The nucleus of the orchestra consisted of Viola, William and saxophonists Risto (Richard) Palonen, and they were now billed as the VIOLA-BILL-RISTO ORKESTERI. They stayed at the 5th Avenue Hall through the war years. During summer seasons Viola and William toured the Midwest, and once they traveled as far as the West Coast. During the war, when gasoline rationing limited touring, they took summer engagements at Cherry Park in the Bronx.

Viola had been recording regularly for Columbia and Victor since 1928, but during the war the major record companies lost interest in immigrant musicians. The field was now taken over by small independent companies, often formed by record-shop owners in ethnic neighborhoods where the customers still preferred European old-time tunes to the sweing bands and pop vocalists promoted by the large companies. One of the most successful new companies was Standard Records of New Yourk, founded c. 1941 by Tetos Demetriades, a Greek American singer who had made many records for Viola's old company, Victor, in the 1920s.

In the forties, Viola Tupeinen was the best-selling Finnish recording artist in the United States. In 1947-49 she made more than twenty sides for Standard records. On most recordings she was accompanied by unknown guitar and bass, occasionally William Syrjala would join on the violin. Once she recorded with another well-known Finnish-American accordionist Walter Eriksson. Many of the titles recorded were instrumental dance tunes with English titles such as Shake your fingers and Together polka (the latter credited to Tetos Demetriades), suggesting that the record company was selling the recordings not only to Finnish-Americans but also to other fans of old -time dance music. Viola was now singing as well playing. Her vocals included old Finnish favorites such as Kulkurin valssi and Mustalainen, as well as more recent pop songs like Kynttiloiden syttyessa (When it's lamp-lighting time in the valley), better known in Finland as Kodin kynttilat. On one session William Syrjala was the featured vocalist, singing Saunasssa and Tanssin Olgan kanssa.

Viola Turpeinen continued to make recordings until the early 1950s. Her final recordings will be heard on volume four of this series.

WERNER BIRCH , who recorded with Viola Turpeinen in 1934 (see volume 2 of this series) was a well-known Finnish pianist in the New York area. His original name was Koivunen. Birch played the organ at a Finnish church in New Yourk, directed tow choirs and was a popular accompanist at the Workers' Hall. In addition to his recordings with Viola, he accompanied the singer Hannes Saari on four sides made for Columbia in 1930 (as Werner Koivunen's orchestra).

Werner Birch also started Birch Music Publishing in New York, specializing in Finnish accordion music. The company published several compositions written or arranged by Syrjala and Turpeinen. It has also been claimed that he published a magazine called The Finnish Dance Accordionist, but no copies have been found.

Birch lost one hand in a traffic accident in 1952, and subsequently had to retire from music. He moved from New York to an unknown location, and nothing further is known about him.

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