The "Scuola di Musica
Popolare di Forlimpopoli" was hosting an
European Nyckelharpa Workshop, 5th
to 11th August 2013 at Forlimpopoli, Italy
10th August 2013, 9:30 pm.: Public concert at the cathedral of Bertinoro.
Participants of this ENCORE-workshop
have been 24 nyckelharpa players from 10
European countries as well as composers writing contemporary music for
The workshop has been supported
by the European Commission – Live Long Learning Program / Grundtvig.
A detailed report on the ENCORE nyckelharpa orchestra will be broadcast by the national German radio "Deutschlandfunk"on the 30th October at 10:05 - 10:55pm. The broadcast will be available worldwide via the Internet and can also be scheduled recorded with the little program dradio-recorder. (www.dradio.de/dlf)
Nyckelharpa, key fiddle, Schlüsselfidel, viola d'amore á chiavi
The nyckelharpa is a
bowed instrument with keys to change the pitch. One of the earliest depictions
(1408) has be found in Siena, Italy. Since the Baroque period, the instrument
was played only in the region of Uppland in Sweden as a folk instrument. In the
20th century, the nyckelharpa has been preserved from an impending final demise
primarily by two exceptional Swedish musicians: August Bohlin (1877 - 1949),
who improved the instrument technically to be played fully chromatically, and
Eric Sahlström (1912 - 1986), who set an entirely new musical stimulus with an
improved technique and many own compositions. Today, the nyckelharpa is played
worldwide by a fast increasing number of musicians and in more and more musical
Outside Sweden, there is
no traditional nyckelharpa repertoire. In the pan-European folk revival since
the 70s, many musicians composed new tunes on traditional roots. Since Bartok
and Kodaly, contemporary composers often rely on folk music of their countries.
These different trends we will assemble in a verbal, medial and musical
exchange about folk music in the respective home countries of the participants
and contemporary compositions with their specific challenges of playing
technique. Thus we contribute to a European repertoire for the nyckelharpa that
does not neglect the roots but at the same time points a musical way for the
An information on “Symbols
and Notation” for the nyckelharpa is available here.
A short history of the
instrument by Per-Ulf Allmo is available in English, Swedish, German and Italian here.
For more information on the
Auf Deutsch: Artikel in der Hildesheimer Allgemeinen Zeitung vom 4. Mai 2013