Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Norwegian Hardanger Violin-"H" ABC WEDNESDAY


Hardanger Fiddle
An 8-string Folk Violin
Norwegian Player



On Sunday, August 26, DH and I attended a concert at Mindekirken Norweigan Church in Minneapolis.  I had never heard a Hardanger fiddle and enjoyed the music.  The eight string instrument sounds a lot different from a classical violin. "Four of the strings are strung and played like a violin, while the rest, aptly named understrings or sympathetic stringsresonate under the influence of the other four, providing a pleasant haunting, echo-like sound."

Vidar Segnitz from Haugesund, Norway was one of the accomplished musicians.  I was amused to learn that the Norweigan-born father of a friend of mine is not a fan and said that it sounds like cats fighting.  It must be an acquired taste!

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17 comments:

  1. il est magnifique ce violon

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  2. Beautiful photos and what a love instrument. I'd love to hear it played!

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  3. This violin looks beautiful but I can only imagine how it sounds. So interesting, the idea of understrings resonating.

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  4. Beautiful woodwork, not sure I want to hear cats fighting though, lol.

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  5. And what a work of art that instrument is!

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  6. I've never heard it, but it is visually beautiful & speaks of a rich cultural heritage.

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  7. What a beautiful piece. I would love to hear the sound.
    Ann

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  8. I had never heard of or seen such an instrument.

    Once Julie and I attended a concert at St. Chapelle in Paris performed on early instruments, from the middle ages. It was a rare opportunity to hear and see instruments that were forerunners to the instruments of classical music.

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  9. excellent violin and great photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. Nice seeing Hardanger fiddle since I live in Norway. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. That's a HANDSOME instrument!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  12. The violin looks beautiful! Sounds the concert was magical.

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  13. Nice craftsmanship.

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  14. I'd love to hear how it sounds someday.

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  15. A bit like the bagpipes Kate, I'm a Scot so I appreciate them..a lot don't haha! this is such a beautifully crafted instrument, surely something that looks so good can't sound too bad!

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  16. I love the Hardanger violin! It's a Norwegian folk tradition and treasure - says Leif the Viking in Eagan
    We've been to Mindekirken for several worship services and other events!

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