Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

NORTH AMERICA: Laura Ellestad: Valdresspel I Amerika

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

NORTH AMERICA: Laura Ellestad: Valdresspel I Amerika

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NORTH AMERICA

Laura Ellestad: Valdresspel i Amerika. 2014. Ta:lik TA127CD. Recorded by Mark Ellestad. Annotated by Laura Ellestad and Ingar Ranheim. Produced by Laura Ellestad and Mark Ellestad. 32-page booklet with notes in Norwegian and English. Norwegian translation by Aud Søyland. B/w photographs, illustrations. CD, 21 tracks (47:40). Recorded at Hexagon Studio, Calgary.

This CD offers a survey of the hardingfele (Hardanger fiddle) repertoire of Valdres, featuring pieces associated with late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century hardingfele-playing immigrants from the Valdres district in the mountains of western southern Norway to the Upper Midwest of the United States. The performer (and author of the excellent bilingual notes), Laura Ellestad, is a Canadian who traces her patrilineal roots to Valdres. She competes in the top bracket in Norwegian fiddle contests, and this specific recording has been widely praised in Norwegian folk music circles.

The hardingfele is a lavishly decorated violin type whose resonance is enhanced through near-constant employment of double stops, key-specific scordaturas, and tuning four sympathetic strings to important notes in the key. …

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