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Oldest Granddaughter piped up & said she'd like to learn to speak Icelandic! 🤨 ...have NO idea where that came from. 🤭
Hadn't really touched on Music of Iceland, but found everything from Medieval trad folk music with a unique rhythm, harmony of 5ths & ancient bowed string instruments - to Protestant Hymns & Viking Metal!
Many Music Festivals!
Excerpts from Wikipedia:
Icelandic music has a very long tradition, with some songs still sung today dating from 14th century. Folk songs are often about love, sailors, masculinity, hard winters, as well as elves, trolls and other mythological creatures, and tend to be quite secular and often humorous.
Iceland's isolation meant that, until the 18th century, foreign influences were almost completely absent, which resulted in the maintenance of a particular rhythm, called hákveða, lost in other Nordic countries and considered one of the main characteristics of Icelandic folk music. Hákveða refers to a special emphasis placed on some of the words of a song, often the last word of each sentence in each verse.
Rímur [rhyming ballads] can be traced back to the Viking Age Eddic poetry of the skalds and employs complex metaphors and cryptic rhymes and forms.
Emelie Waldken's video, on "Icelandic Harmonies" caught my eye!
Here's a peek a an Icelandic Folk Music Center!
Christophe Landon (violin & bow maker) commissioned Hlif Sigurjônsdôttir & Martin Frewer (Duo Landon) to record Icelandic duets using his violins. Landon only found 3 duets by Icelandic Composers Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, Elias Davidsson and Finnur Torfi Stefansson. So, he commissioned 3 more duets by composers Hildigunnur Runarsdottir, Jonas Tomasson and Atli Heimir Sveinsson. (editorial review)
Amazing showcase by these talented Violinists & Composers, made possible by a Violin Maker - 34 short Violin duets!
"Icelandic Violin Duos" CD consists of: "Ten Images for Two Violins" (10 videos), "Violin Duets" (7 videos), "Icelandic Folk Songs" (9 videos), "Spring Is Here" (6 videos), "Disa's Song" & "Furioso".
Here's just a couple that I like -
"Icelandic Folk Songs: II. Homeless in The Wilderness".
"Icelandic Folk Songs: V. Evening".
@elcbk I suppose its the landscape maybe..or possibly the music heritage..but most of these and the ones Ive shared of Olafur Arnalds. even Kaleo seem to have a bit of a mysterious or darker sound to them. Not in a bad way..I like them. just seems like a theme. great shares..like 'em! The last one.. viking rock?
Thanks for reminding me to to link your Ólafur Arnalds Thread - I got sidetracked!
Hadn't heard Kaleo before - from what I've sampled, their style seems extremely focused.
A lot of Icelandic music sounds 'viking' to me!
🤔... I originally thought traditional Icelandic folk tunes sound MEDIEVAL, but the more I've listen to them the more I realize that once the singing starts - they sound like HYMNS!
"Lækjarvísur" sung by David Gislason and Bragi Simundson - trad Icelandic rhymes/Rimur.
Here' an instrumental version of "Islandsljóð" - LOVE IT!
Magnús Þór Sigmundsson "wrote the song  years ago to an old poem from Einar Benediktson".
Finally found instrumental versions of many folk tunes in my previous post!!!
Wish the quality was better, I might have to purchase this CD! Tracks are time-stamped in the video description. Co-produced by Magnús Þór Sigmundsson!
"Íslandsklukkur - Instrumental Icelandic Folk Music"
I did find out that Dan Cassidy (US) and Szymon Kuran (PL), both played Violin on the album & Sigurður Halldórsson (Iceland) played the Cello. (Artist info by Metson)