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Scandinavia Traditions And Practices Essay

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Scandinavia is a vast region with many musical traditions and practices. Although Scandinavian music has very traditional roots, a large amount of modern music has also come out of this region; much of which was influenced by traditional music and practices of the Scandinavian people. Firstly, It’s important to note that Scandinavia is comprised of a variety of countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Although these countries are in different geographical locations, they are similar in their cultures. Many of the countries in the Scandinavian region hold onto at least some of their traditional practices, and they often share common factors such as instrumentation, dancing, and vocal styles with other Scandinavian countries. Over time, most if not all of these countries have developed their traditional practices into modern ones and some have even become well known to other ethnic groups outside of Scandinavia.
A common tradition found in most early Scandinavian music was the practice of circle dancing. This appears to have started in Nordic countries where the dancing was commonly accompanied by sung ballads. The only area that seems to have kept these dancing traditions in full is the Faroe Islands region. The reason for this is that although the Faroe Islands have their roots in Nordic culture, they were isolated from many cultural movements and revivals that happened throughout Scandinavia (such as the roots revival), explaining why they kept a god portion of the traditional culture that was introduced there. Although they did keep a lot of their traditional culture, there is also a good amount of contemporary music in the Faroe Islands. Faroese music is mostly vocal and sometimes accompanied by the fiddle; this instrument arrived later in the development of the Faroe Islands, around the 17th century. These vocal songs are often accompanied by Scandinavian dances such as Polka and the Minuet (Cronshaw).
Iceland, because of its landlocked nature, also holds many practices and traditions that aren’t found in other parts of Scandinavia. Some major examples include such as the use of parallel fifths, which creates very empty/open sounds and Organum. The Organum is a form of chant where a melody is harmonized directly with secondary voices in parallel motion. Along with these practices, there will also many native dance and song traditions. But when other Scandinavian/European traditions such as dances like polka, waltz, reel and schottische began to arrive, they lost much of their native tradition. Though much of their tradition was lost, they did maintain some traditions such as “Rímur”; which are epic tales sung as a cappella ballads. They usually included a steady rhyme scheme and most always alliteration. This tradition when looked at in detail traces back to the Viking age (which makes sense, considering the Vikings would most often not have instruments and rely heavily upon a cappella and harmony singing). Some very famous...

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