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Norway: Fiddle and Hardanger Fiddle Music from Agder

Various Artists
Norway: Fiddle and Hardanger Fiddle Music from Agder

The hardingfele (fiddle from Hardanger) has been the principal stringed instrument of the fiddle tradition in the region of Agder in southernmost Norway since the 20th century. Similar in design to a violin, the hardingfele has four strings that are bowed and four or five understrings, or sympathetic strings, creating an echo-like sound.

This recording provides examples of the history and variation of violin music in Norway. Of interest are the distinct differences in sound between the fiddle, the hardingfele, and the lesser known setedalsfele (a cross between a hardingfele and violin, named after the Setesdal district). Vidar Lande performs traditional Norwegian dance pieces such as gangar, sprigar, and halling and the newer gammeldans songs (old-time dance) such as waltz and polkas. Lande grew up in Agdar and Bygland and learned to play the hardingfele from his uncle. His interest in native Norwegian fiddle music has resulted in his transcription and preservation of songs of this unique style of music.

The liner notes give historical and technical information about each song.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Førespel Vidar Lande 1:12
102
Ola Hytta, gangar Vidar Lande 1:40
103
Fille-Vern Vidar Lande 1:45
104
Springdans Vidar Lande 2:04
105
Gunnu mæ tjønnas springar Vidar Lande 1:16
106
Brureslag etter Jørund Nordgaard Vidar Lande 2:26
107
Trippar etter Georg Brobakken Vidar Lande 1:37
108
Mazurka etter Jens Mykland Vidar Lande 1:31
109
Reinlender frå Åseral Vidar Lande 1:38
110
Vals etter Georg Brobakken Vidar Lande 1:18
111
Sordølen, gangar Vidar Lande 1:33
112
Sordølen Vidar Lande 2:14
113
Linborjen, springar Vidar Lande 2:31
114
Amtmannen Vidar Lande 2:04
115
Strømsingen, halling Vidar Lande 1:28
116
Springdans etter Jens Mykland Vidar Lande 1:07
117
Bjønne-Per's springar Vidar Lande 1:28
118
Frøyrakjen, gangar Vidar Lande 1:44
119
Ulveljodet Vidar Lande 2:06
120
Skorsvikjen, gangar Vidar Lande 1:41
121
Halvbror til reven Vidar Lande 1:50
122
Tveitlien, gangar Vidar Lande 3:33
123
Gangar etter Torjus Odden Vidar Lande 1:33
124
Dolkaren Vidar Lande 1:52
125
Gangar etter Ola Hytta Vidar Lande 2:41
126
Skrubben Vidar Lande 2:41
127
Marit i Hommens slått, gangar Vidar Lande 1:08
128
Homslien, gangar Vidar Lande 2:30
129
Systerslått Vidar Lande 1:54
130
Skjaldmøyslaget, med førespel Vidar Lande 2:20
131
Gravbakken, med førespel Vidar Lande 4:05
132
Gorrlaus I, gangar Vidar Lande 1:43
133
Gorrlaus II, gangar Vidar Lande 2:31
134
Gorrlaus III, gangar Vidar Lande 2:55

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