Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity [NOOK Book]

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Fiddling for Norway is an engrossing portrait of a fiddle-based folk revival in Norway, one that in many ways parallels contemporary folk institutions and festivals throughout the world, including American fiddling. It is a detailed case study in the politics of culture, the causes and purposes of folk revivals, and the cultivation of music to define identity.

The book begins with an investigation of the people and events important to ...
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Overview

Fiddling for Norway is an engrossing portrait of a fiddle-based folk revival in Norway, one that in many ways parallels contemporary folk institutions and festivals throughout the world, including American fiddling. It is a detailed case study in the politics of culture, the causes and purposes of folk revivals, and the cultivation of music to define identity.

The book begins with an investigation of the people and events important to Norwegian folk fiddling, tracing the history of Norwegian folk music and the growth and diversification of the folk music revival. The narrative takes us to fiddle clubs, concerts and competitions on the local, regional, and national levels, and shows how conflicting emphases—local vs. national identity, tradition vs. aesthetic qualities—continue to transform Norwegian folk music. Goertzen utilizes a large anthology of meticulously transcribed tunes to illustrate personal and regional repertoires, aspects of performance practice, melodic gesture and form, and tune relationships. Ethnomusicologists and readers who fiddle will enjoy both the music and the stories it tells.
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Deals not with the famous Hardanger fiddle, with its decorated body, sympathetic strings, and whispery and nasal sound, that has become identified with Norway, but with the normal fiddle, which is played in most of the country by at least as many people as is the Hardanger fiddle. Finds the tradition to be as vigorous if not more so, though its music consists almost exclusively of short, bipartite dances. After a brief historical review, focuses on the contemporary revival, fiddlers and fiddle clubs, contests and concerts, and reconfiguring Norwegian folk music. Over 100 pages are comprised of tunes demonstrating various genres, regional styles, and dances. Paper edition unseen, $22.50. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226300528
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 364
  • File size: 12 MB
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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

List of Figures


Preface and Acknowledgments


Part One Fiddlers

1
Introduction

Geography, History, and Norwegian Identity


Music in Oral Tradition in Early Norway


Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Fiddling and Fiddlers



2.
Reviving Folkemusikk

Early Folk Music Contests


The Hardanger Fiddle, National Romanticism, and the Young National Fiddlers' Association


Growth of the National Fiddle Contest and of Norway's Institutionalized Folk Music Milieu


Artistry and Tradition: The History of Judging Contests


The “Normal' Fiddle in the National Fiddlers' Association



3
Fiddlers and Fiddle Clubs in the Late Twentieth Century

Who Becomes a Fiddler?


The Fiddle Club



4
Contests and Concerts

Local Contests


Concerts


The National Fiddle Contest Today



5
Reconfiguring the Norwegian Folk Music World: The Gammaldans Controversy

Beginning to Argue the Worth of Gammaldans Music


Trems of the Debate


Birth of the National Festival for Gammaldans Music


Portrait of the Festival in 1991




Part Two
Fiddle Tunes

6
Fiddle Tunes in Folkemusikk Genres: Mode and Form

Conventions of Transcription


Introducing the Issues: A Sample Performance


Mode


Extra Resonance: Unusual Tunings and Multiple Stops Reinforcing Mode


Form and Gesture



7
Local and Regional Style, Genre, and the Individual Fiddle Tune

Local Style: Subdivisions of Pols Territory


Other Major Folkemusikk Genres: Halling, Gammalvals, and Bruremarsj


The Listening Piece: Program Music, Exoticism, and Modern Needs


The Music of Gammaldans


The Testimony of Tune Titles


Musical Resemblances and Relationships



8
Musical Change and Cultural Forces Late in the Twentieth Century

Judging at Contests: Tradition, Art, and Winning


Tunes and Repertoires Today


Folk Music and Dance Events: Proliferation, Gigantism, and Change


The Folk Milieu, the Media, and the Norwegian Public


“Springar etter Gamle-Lars Tomasgård”: Decentralizing the Revival




Tune Anthology


Performance Information


Notes


Bibliography


Index

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