"Norse Fiddle at the Wedding" is the result of thirty years of playing for weddings. Karen Torkelson SolgÃ¥rd regularly encounters couples who want an element of the wedding to acknowledge their national origin, even when everything else is characteristic of an "American" ceremony. This CD is a reflection of the wedding couples who bring creativity and thoughtfulness to their wedding day preparations. Karen's arrangements and compositions are a result of their requests.
The reviewer in the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's "Sound Post" says:
"Karen's creative touch in forging an American Hardanger fiddle style is evident in her version of the Bridal March from Vang in which she sings a Bible passage from I Corinthians, Bestemor's Waltz in the style of Pachelbel Canon and two versions of Ole Bull's beloved Herding Girl's Sunday."
Historically, Norwegian country weddings were elaborate affairs that lasted up to a week. Music of the Hardanger fiddle (called hardingfele in Norwegian) featured prominently at each point in the festivities, beginning with the initial church procession from the bride's home to the feasting and dancing afterwards.
Whether planning a wedding or not, you'll love the haunting sound of the Hardanger fiddle, Norway's national instrument. The drone of its extra resonating strings--four or five of which are strung under the fingerboard and cannot be touched by the bow--create a trancelike effect. Some tunes date back to medieval times. It even looks medieval. Instead of a scroll, as on a violin, a lion's head sits at the top of the peg box and the instrument is decorated with black ink flowers and mother-of-pearl inlay. The music swirls with flourishes and ornaments in ornate decoration of the melody and harmony notes.
A companion wedding music book for Hardanger fiddle or violin is available directly from the author. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the book.
"Norse Fiddle at the Wedding" is a MUST-HAVE for your collection.
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1. Telemark Bridal March
2. Girl with the Farm
3. I Corinthians 13:4-8 / Valdres Bridal March
4. Now It Is Done
5. Lohengrin Bridal March Medley
6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
7. Herding Girl's Sunday (vocal)
8. Nordfjord Bridal March
9. Myllarguten's Bridal March
10. Ancient Bridal Tune from Sogn
11. Three Fiskestigen Bridal Marches
12. Bestemor's Waltz in Pachelbel Canon style
13. Hallingdal Traveling Tune
14. TrÃ¸ndelag Bridal Waltz
15. Saturday Waltz
16. Herding Girl's Sunday (fiddle)