The Folk Music Academy

The Folk Music Academy – July 2 – 4 2020

International course on Icelandic Folk Music from July 2nd to July 4th, free of charge.

Since 2006 the Folk Music Centre in Siglufjordur has organized a Folk Music Academy to coincide with the Folk Music Festival.

The main topics of the Folk Music Academy in Siglufjord will be the different types of Icelandic traditional and folk music, including rimur and tvisöngur (organum). Icelandic folk dances will also be introduced, as well as folk music arrangements and instrumental tradition.

Students of the Academy will also get to meet visiting artists from other countries who lecture on the traditional and folk music of their home country.

Thursday 2. July 2020

09.00-11.00 – Rímur Songs of Iceland. Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Iceland

11.00-12.00  – Music to verses by Sappho. Thorgunnur Anna Örnolfsdottir, Iceland

12.00-13.00  –  Pause

13.00-14.00  – South American Music. Use Eschner, Germany

14.00-15.00  –  Lithuanian Songs to the Poetic Edda. Erika Vizbaraite, Lithuania

15.00-16.00  –  Bjarni Thorsteinsson’s collection of Icelandic folk music. Gunnsteinn Olafsson, Iceland

Friday 3. July 2020

10.00-11.00  –  Medieval music and texts in  Scandinavia. Øyonn Grove Myhren, Norway

11.00-12.00  –  Tvísöngur (Two part organum). Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Iceland

12.00-13.00  –  Pause

13.00-14.00 – How to arrange Icelandic folk music. Ragnheidur Gröndal, Iceland

14.00-15.00  – Norwegian folk songs. Øyonn Grove Myhren, Norway                                   

15.00-16.00  –  Icelandic folk instruments, langspil and íslensk fiðla. Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Iceland

Saturday 4. July 2020

10.00-12.00  – Norwegian folk dances. Hans-Hinrich Thedens with Øyonn Grove Myhren, Poul Høxbro and Elizabeth Gaver.

Those students who wish to get merits from the University for the course must write a paper or do a project on Icelandic Folk Music and hand it in before the 15th of August. The paper can be in Icelandic, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish or English.