Diverse Styles of Icelandic Folk Music (1100 – 1800)

Árni Heimir Ingólfsson – IS

Icelandic Folk Songs: Characteristics, Sources, Arrangements 
Iceland has a rich history of folk songs of various kinds, including two-part singing (tvísöngur) as well as rímur, sacred songs, and various other types of songs. Some of these are preserved in ancient manuscripts, others were collected ca. 1890 by Bjarni Þorsteinsson, who published an important collection of folk music in 1906-09. Still others were recorded by ethnographers in the 1960s. In his lecture, Árni will discuss the different types of Icelandic folk songs through the centuries, as well as the many interesting arrangements and compositions that have been inspired by Icelandic folk songs in recent decades. 

About Árni Heimir Ingólfsson:
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson holds a PhD in musicology from Harvard University and is currently Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. His books include Jón Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland, published by Indiana University Press and lauded by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as a “brilliant, panoramic biography.” Árni has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford and Yale Universities. He has also produced award-winning CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts and has worked with prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk.