Norwegian Folk Music


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Norwegian Folk Music
Grieg, the most popular and influential composer to emerge from Norway, wrote that “the art of every nation could be characterized by the transformation of folk songs from smaller forms to larger and finer ones” (as quoted in Ling 207). However, by the time Grieg’s musical career began in the late 1860s, Norwegian folk music was already in decline. It was not until the early 1990s that, according to
, Norwegian folk music began to revive, focusing largely on the tradition of fiddling.
One of the most interesting elements in the history of Norwegian folk music has been the tension between traditionally and ineffably Norwegian forms of music versus music emerging from the larger Nordic and European...
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.....e music’s qualities. Now that Norway is safely independent and has a strong identity of its own, the revival of Norwegian folk music that is underway is not defense, as it was in the nineteenth century, but is rather a way of recapturing a way of life that was lost in Norway’s incorporation into Europe.
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