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Various Artists FW04008 / FM 4008
This 1954 release is a snapshot of traditional Norwegian folk music. The record begins with a traditional dance song that dates back to a time when dance music was not accompanied by non-vocal instruments. The fifteen songs on this release aim to cover as much folk music history as is possible: from children's lullabies to songs commemorating religious rituals and weddings. This release, and its accompanying liner notes, gives an excellent introduction to Norwegian folk music and folk life in general.
RELATED LESSON PLAN
"Northern Lights: Journey North to Norway"
Year Released 1954
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1954 Folkways Records
Instrument(s) Flute; Hardanger fiddle; Langeleik; Seljefloyte; Violin; Willow flute
Subject(s) Animals; Ballads; Calls; Dance; Heroic tales; Holiday; Instrumental music; Love songs; Lullabies; Marches; Military music; Nostalgia; Religious; Supernatural; Weddings