Tónar av manna munni

Translated title of the contribution: Tones In Oral Tradition

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The paper concerns the musical culture of the Faroe Islands where musical
instruments were uncommon until the late 19th century. Previously Faroese music
consisted of vocal and traditional forms. In the 20th century an increased
proliferation of instruments occurs and this causes changes in the musical culture.
In the same time period, a differing interest in older traditional music can be
observed and over the decades various attempts are made to preserve this music.
The paper sheds light on these circumstances and takes a closer look at which role
the traditional music plays in contemporary music culture with emphasis on three
periods: the first decades of the 20th century, the 1970’s, and the period around
year 2000.
Translated title of the contributionTones In Oral Tradition
Original languageFaroese
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2016
EventFrændafundur 9 - Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 26 Aug 201628 Aug 2016


ConferenceFrændafundur 9
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  • Faroese music
  • Music culture
  • Tradition
  • Identity
  • Vocal
  • Instrumental
  • Music Tradition


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