Various Artists

Suède/Norvège: Musique des Vallées Scandinaves

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An anthology of 31 short, pristinely recorded traditional tunes from the valleys of Sweden and Norway. Material ranges from ancient shepherds' songs, medieval ballads, and various dance and work songs to intriguing miniatures called stav or stev that immortalize quick snapshots of the daily grind. Most compositions are not unexpectedly stately and measured, including a delicate, staccato bagpipe performance by Per Gudmonson, who helped rescue this Norwegian instrument from historical obscurity. Best of all are songs in the vein of "Gyris Anders Svit," whose wild 2+4+3 rhythm scheme and eccentric quarter-tone modalities bring pagan overtones closer to the surface than most other Western European musics.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:02
2 2:34
3 2:47
4 4:04
5 3:10
6 2:05
7 2:37
8 0:38
9 1:30
10 1:14
11 1:52
12 2:36
13 1:09
14 2:55
15 2:37
16 3:38
17 1:53
18 1:36
19 1:29
20 1:38
21 1:54
22 1:08
23 2:13
24 2:12
25 2:19
26 2:43
27 1:06
28 3:45
29 4:13
30 3:59
31 2:12
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