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  Nyckelharpa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The nyckelharpa is similar to both a fiddle and a hurdy gurdy, and is known played from Sweden since 1641.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, the nyckelharpa was known throughout Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
The best-known modern nyckelharpa player is probably Eric Sahlström (1912-1986), who was a major player, teacher, and builder of the mid 20th century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nyckelharpa   (263 words)

  
 Coleman Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The nyckelharpa belongs to the same family as the French vielle and the English hurdy gurdy.
There were two different types of nyckelharpas in the 16th and 17th centuries, one with a body in the shape of a figure eight and the other with either a pear or a boat shaped body.
The nyckelharpa later evolved to a shape that resembles the body of the violin, with a key-box attached to the top.
www.uoguelph.ca /music/coleman/nyckelharpa.html   (239 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The nyckelharpa is similar to both a fiddle and a hurdy gurdy, and is known from Sweden since at least 1350, when it was carved on a gate in a church in Götaland.
The nyckelharpa has been a prominent part of several revival groups later in the century, especially the acoustic trio Väsen and the more contemporary group Hedningarna.
Some versions of the nyckelharpa have sympathetic strings which are not bowed directly but resonate with the other strings.
www.open-encyclopedia.com /Nyckelharpa   (254 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The nyckelharpa is similar to both a and a hurdy gurdy and is known from Sweden since least 1350 when it was carved on a in a church in Götaland.
There are at least four major variants the nyckelharpa still played today varying by number and arrangement of keys number and of strings and general body shape.
Some of the nyckelharpa have sympathetic strings which are not bowed directly but with the other strings.
www.freeglossary.com /Nyckelharpa   (260 words)

  
 Swedish folk music - Hurv Musik
During the 15th century nyckelharpas are depicted in church paintings, and it is interesting that the majority of these are from Uppland, which thus already then seems to have been the real home of the nyckelharpa.
The step from the hurdy-gurdy to the nyckelharpa is short, but it is really quite surprising that the nyckelharpa - which originally was really like a fiddle with keys - was not invented before the hurdy-gurdy, which can be traced back to the 12th century.
The bows used for the older types of nyckelharpa were adapted to playing with a drone, with their curved form and loose hair.
www.hurv.com /english/articles/nyckelharpa/nyckelharpa-eng.htm   (4507 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The nyckelharpa is similar to both a fiddle and a hurdy-gurdy, and isknown from Sweden since at least 1350, when it was carved on a gate in a church in Götaland.
There are at least four major variants of the nyckelharpa still played today, varying by the number and arrangement of keys,number and arrangement of strings, and general body shape.
Some versions of the nyckelharpa have sympathetic strings which are not bowed directly but resonate with theother strings.
www.therfcc.org /nyckelharpa-51991.html   (254 words)

  
 Encyclopedia: Nyckelharpa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The pitches of open strings on a violin The violin is a bowed stringed musical instrument that has four strings tuned a perfect fifth apart, the lowest being the G just below middle C. It is the smallest and highest-tuned member of the violin family of string instruments, which...
The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument that has been played, in one form or another as it evolved, for more than 600 years.
The nyckelharpa is similar to both a fiddle and a hurdy gurdy, and is known from Sweden since at least 1350, when it was carved on a gate in a church in
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Nyckelharpa   (907 words)

  
 Tim Rued's Nyckelharpa Page
Leif is now one of the best-known nyckelharpa players in Sweden, and is the founder of the American Nyckelharpa Association.
This is a contrabass nyckelharpa from the 1700's.
It was on display at the Nyckelharpa festival in Österbybruk in 1977.
timrued.tripod.com /index.htm   (459 words)

  
 International Days of the Nyckelharpa at BURG FÜRSTENECK
The nyckelharpa belongs to the same instrument family as the French vielle and the English hurdy gurdy.
The nyckelharpa has wooden keys that slide under the strings and have tangents set perpendicularly to the keys that reach up and stop (shorten) the melody string.
He performed on violin and nyckelharpa with Stefane Grappelli, Gabriel Yacoub, Michel Risler, Armand Amar, he is composer for ballet, film and theatre, sculptor, and he has been teaching for many years.
www.burg-fuersteneck.de /folk/nyckelharpa_eng.htm   (510 words)

  
 Peder Källman Violinmaker Violin Viola Cello Nyckelharpa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is a result of the joint effort between violinmaker Peder Källman and musician Johan Hedin, where Johan designed a new instrument to meet the new needs that he discovered through his various musical meetings and musical environments.
The nyckelharpa is included in the instrument exhibition at Folkmusikens Hus in Rättvik.
Peder is honored to be a jury member at the nyckelharpamakers' competition and exhibition held at the annual fiddlers' convention at Österbybruk.
www.nyckelharpa.se /en/nyckelharpas.html   (481 words)

  
 CD Baby: PETER PUMA HEDLUND: Vägen
Nyckelharpa nowadays is mostly played as part of a group, several nyckelharpas together and maybe some other instruments too.
The nyckelharpa in general sounds rather like a fairy tale: the sad sweetness of the melodies and the ringing echoes of the sympathetics invoking gnomes and trolls.
If you have never heard of the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish intrument that has evolved over a course of 600 years, and in sound, resembles a fiddle, there is no better time than the present to learn something.
www.cdbaby.com /cd/hedlund2?cdbaby=437f5bfe5e3141424d02508550e1b514   (1380 words)

  
 World Music Central - Nyckelharpa player Remains True to His Roots
For a long time, the nyckelharpa was only played in Sweden and was very close to extinction in the mid-1900s.
He is a composer as well as one of the main forces in the revival of the nyckelharpa and its music.
A two time winner of the Nyckelharpa World Championship title, 1992 and 2000, he is a well respected and sought after instructor as well as performance artist on this unusual traditional folk instrument.
www.worldmusiccentral.org /article.php?story=20040423182337238   (416 words)

  
 Gunnar Ternhag & Mathias Boström: The Dissemination of the Nyckelharpa
She plays the chromatic nyckelharpa with three rows of keys, which today is the most common type of nyckelharpa in Sweden.
But she also wishes she could afford to buy a 19th century type of diatonic nyckelharpa, in order to be able to play the old nyckelharpa-tunes on an instrument with another sound (more drones) and a type of key mechanism that is more idiomatic for the old tunes.
He tunes the nyckelharpa like a fiddle, with the exception of the lowest string, which is tuned down one tone to increase the instruments register.
www.musik.uu.se /ssm/stmonline/vol_2_1/Bost_Tern   (3063 words)

  
 NYCKELHARPA
Als "Nyckelharpa" wird allgemein jedes Instrument bezeichnet, welches mittels eines Bogens angestrichen wird, die Tonhöhe aber durch eine Tastatur - ähnlich wie bei einer Drehleier - verändert werden kann.
Die moderne Form, die wir heute als Nyckelharpa bezeichnen, ist strenggenommen eine chromatische Nyckelharpa und wurde Anfang dieses Jahrhunderts entwickelt.
Die Nyckelharpa findet heutzutage zunehmend Einzug in Alte - und Folkmusik, wie beispielsweise bei Gruppen wie POETA MAGICA, welche auch die Nyckelharpa selber baut.
www.toonorama.com /encyclopedia/N/Nyckelharpa   (290 words)

  
 Peter Puma Hedlund
Peter and his nyckelharpa are a commanding presence whilst in the act of bringing forth music.
Justly proud of his position in the realm of Swedish traditional music, Peter is gradually expanding the horizons of nyckelharpa expression.
Neglected and almost forgotten by the 1940s and 50s, the modern chromatic nyckelharpa is blossoming as never before both in Sweden and elsewhere, especially the USA and Japan.
www.ritaleydon.com /ZrpmMusic/cds/cd001/awPuma.html   (415 words)

  
 Rambles: Vasen, Spirit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The lineup is all strings; Olov Johansson on nyckelharpa, Mikael Marin on viola and Roger Tallroth on guitar.
Vasen's distinctive flavor is owed in large part to the nyckelharpa, or "keyed fiddle" as it is sometimes known; it is indigenous to Sweden.
In addition to traditional numbers (many cuts were inspired by nyckelharpa master Byss-Kalle's versions of the tunes), the members of Vasen have composed original pieces that grow out of the tradition but are not limited by it.
www.rambles.net /vasen_spirit97.html   (351 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa - Bedeutung, Definition, Erklärung im netlexikon
Diese älteste erhaltene Nyckelharpa wurde nicht nach ihrem Fundort Älvdalen in Dalarna (Mittelschweden) benannt, sondern nach seine neue Heimat auf das Zornmuseum in Mora.
Während bekannte Spielleute die Nyckelharpa vor allem solo oder mit anderen Nyckelharpor spielen, wird das Instrument volkstümlich vor allem in Gruppen zusammen mit Akkordeon, Kontrabass und natürlich Violine gespielt.
Die Nyckelharpa wird aber auch zunehmend außerhalb Schwedens gespielt (Schlüsselbund, Poeta Magica, Adaro, Marco Ambrosini, Didier François) und gebaut (Jean-Claude Condi, Annette Osann, Ralf Gehler).
www.lexikon-definition.de /Nyckelharpa.html   (668 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa / cdRoots
Historic recordings of kontrabasharpa (a nyckelharpa) by Per Sundin (1858-1928).This CD is collected from ancient recordings, so there is a low quality of sound (by modern standards) and a lot of audio 'artifacts.' This is for the serious collector, scholar or player who wants to know the history, not for casual listening.
The nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, viking lyre, mandolin and many other folk instruments are used with electric bass and drums to create a modern sound with an ancient feel.
Alban Faust (nyckelharpa, bagpipes) and Josue Trelles (panpipes, Indian flute) have created a gorgeous sound, almost medieval in tone, and the panpipes are miraculously appropriate to the traditional and newly composed Swedish tunes.
www.cdroots.com /nyckelharpa.shtml   (1994 words)

  
 agréable - full review
The nyckelharpa is a Swedish traditional instrument which evolved over a period of 700 years.
The nyckelharpa's strings are bowed and the bow is short.
The first modern nyckelharpa with three melodic strings was built in 1925.
www.tongang.se /katalog/agreable.html   (917 words)

  
 Vagen review page
When he's not writing new tunes for the nyckelharpa, teaching the nyckelharpa or out shooting moose while listening to the nyckelharpa on his walkman, he likes nothing more than to kick his heels to a good polska or a waltz, even the odd march.
For the uninitiated, a nyckelharpa is a Swedish instrument rather like a fiddle, but with keys, and strapped around the player like a guitar instead of being played under the chin.
In the sleeve notes Peter states the nyckelharpa is usually played as part of a group nowadays, and whilst he thinks this is good, there are aspects of its sound which go unnoticed when played with other instruments, and he wanted to make this CD to show how beautiful a single nyckelharpa can sound.
www.ritaleydon.com /ZrpmMusic/cds/cd002/V2reviews.html   (2631 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa - by Markus Svensson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is from an interview which Markus Svensson gave after picking up his Riksspelman award in 1992.
"Nyckelharpa is a very old instrument, the oldest notation of it is from the 1200th century AD.
The sound is very rich with overtones and makes a kind of harsh, medieval sound, untouched during the centuries.
home.swipnet.se /lato/nyckelh.html   (114 words)

  
 nyckelharpa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The nyckelharpa is a Sewdish instrument wich, like the hurdy gurdy, found his origin in the middel ages.At the turn of this century almost completely disappeared and forgotten-as many old instruments are- the nyckelharpa was rediscovered in the 1950 and '70.
The nyckelharpa is a violon-like stringend instrument, equipped with a keyboard system.
Aside from its four melody strings (tuned in quint) the nyckelharpa has a series of resonance strings witch lend the instrument its typical cathedral-like sound.
www.didierfrancois.be /the%20nyckelharpa.htm   (151 words)

  
 Det låter som sommar
The CD is a musical memoir of our last twenty years as Swedish folk musicians.The nyckelharpa (sometimes called the Swedish Keyed Fiddle) is a special Swedish instrument.It has ‘keys’; that slide under the strings, each with a tangent that frets the strings to make the notes.A short bow is used.
The waltz is played on old type of nyckelharpa, mixed with other instruments like zither and harmonica.This recording features sevaral parts played by the same person, using modern recording techniques.
But as he said, “this is a very old nyckelharpa tune.” It is here played solo on kontrbasharpa med dubbellek (Östebyharpa).
www.algonet.se /~harpa   (1241 words)

  
 Nyckelharpa (Re: [mplpost] wicked italian accordionist hits canada)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
From http://www.nyckelharpa.org/info/index.htm "The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument that has been played, in one form or another as it evolved, for more than 600 years.
At least four different versions of the nyckelharpa are still played today, an uncommon situation for most folk instruments.
Earlier forms of the nyckelharpa had fewer keys, fewer (or no) sympathetic strings, and fewer melody strings, but often made more use of drone strings." I wouldn't make this up, honest.
www.coolname.com /pipermail/maplepost-mirror/2002-June/009288.html   (321 words)

  
 Nyberg Instruments : nyckelharpa
The national instrument of Sweden is a keyed-fiddle called the Nyckelharpa.
The American Nyckelharpa Association is a testament to the influence and history of the ‘harpa and also as an integral inspiration for my own interest in building them.
The type of ‘harpa I have built is based on the oldest known instrument of this kind in a collection: the Moraharpa, found in Mora, Sweden.
www.guitarmaker.ca /nyckelharpa.html   (258 words)

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