Tune archive Iceland

Some songs from Iceland which have been sung at previous NHMs:

  • Hýr gleður hug minn: traditional Icelandic song from the songbook of Ólafur Jónsson á Söndum (1560-1627). You can find more stanzas of the song here. It was taught at the NHM 2010 in Gjøvik by Bára Grímsdóttir & Chris Foster.
  • Ó mín flaskan fríða: Another traditional song from Iceland, this one written by Eggert Ólafsson (1726-1768) and sung in tvísöngur style (parallel fifths with crossing voices). Taught by Bára and Chris at the NHM 2011 in Broby.
  • The Völuspá tune was published in 1780 by Jean-Benjamin de La Borde in his Essai sur la Musique Ancienne et Moderne. De La Borde claimed that this was one of the melodies which Icelanders use to sing poems from the Edda. It was taught at the NHM 2008 in Lund by Kåre and Tove Lie and Maja Marcussen. You can listen to Maja’s version on her website here.

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