July 27, 2010 at 10:48 PM
I must admit that it tickled me to read the responses to my last blog post about the lack of Scandinavian classical composers out there. It´s true that Scandinavia does definetly not have a big population (if anything we boast proudly of being a cluster of tiny countries) and there wasn´t much outside culture influence or diversity until in the 20th century. So instead of being exposed from early on to the glories of classical music the people here developed a strong tradition for folk singing. So we may not have classical music but we got this!
This is a traditional folk melody, a lullaby. The text is from a famous play where a mother that is an outlaw sings this lullaby to her child before throwing it into a waterfall.
And this song is pretty special. This type of song is very Scandinavian and is special because it´s sung in perfect fifth. There is always a perfect fifth between the the notes the two voices are singing.
So we certainetly do not got much classical music up our sleeve but we got a proud collection of weird folk melodies. This one is a favourite of mine. It comes from a ghost story.
So sit back and enjoy some true Scandinavian weirdness :) And I couldn´t figure out how to post the videos themselves. I happen to be very bad at all things technical.
What would be the common themes in Scandinavian music ? Chilblains and the fear of volcanic rocks hitting you on the head. Ice and fire.
The most common them in the old folk songs would be Christianity (psalms and such), our want for independence (which we didn´t gain til 1944 and were until then trampled on quite heavily by the Danish) and the good ol´ viking rampaging days and themes from ghost stories. Strangely enough the weather hasn´t been much of an influence. We´re so used to the ever changing unpredictable weather it has stopped bothering us ;)
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