Fiddling for Norway Revival and Identity
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 12/01/1997
- ISBN: 9780226300504
- ISBN10: 0226300501
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 local 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.