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Classical contemporary and folk music from the Sabbat Ideas Festival and the 50th anniversary of Finnish independence celebration in a series revealing some of the current musical activity of Finland. The Sibelius festival of 1965 and the 50th anniversary celebration of 1967. Presented a considerable quantity of music by outstanding composers other than Sabbat Hughes and from a wide variety of historical periods. There were also several of us graded lectures documenting interesting aspects of today's Finnish musical culture. This second series of programs of music from Finland is based on recordings supplied by the Finnish Broadcasting Company for production by the University of Michigan. A review of Finnish musical life at any time could not hope to be representative without devoting considerable attention to folk music both vocal and instrumental. The Finnish musical tradition is heavily steeped in folklore. A large portion of it being based upon that incomparable epic The cull of a lot of notes and illustrations prepared by Alla Kearney
for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Today's broadcast will be the first in the current series to be devoted to Finnish folk music the different arts of typical Finnish folk music are the epic room songs like the texts and call of a law relating to the older stage of development and the lyric songs and the Scandinavian type of metal days the so-called fiddlers music relating to the newer stage of development. These two types represent in the matter of melodic construction and poetic form as well as chronologically distinctly different stages of development. But even at the old ancient or heroic rune songs and also the unique Yoko's songs and lamentations represent a rather simple musical expression. Still more primitive melodic elements can be traced in the music in question improvised a signal cause hallowing and cattle calls are formed valuably by one or several melodic motifs. Still
today towards evening the countryside I don't may well include a melodic cattle call carried over a lake. The lapse in the north of Finland have in their yoy Psalms a certain lake motif that is all the known members of a tribe even the favorite reindeers and other animals to have their own special amenities in honor of
his respectable neighbor. How Lapp has composed to you a coup which has become generally know it's meant to be is gay and appealing. Among the shepards instruments also the shepherd's horns of birch bark. But back then different kinds of shepherds pipes belong to the older stage of music. The original task of these instruments was practical. That is the shepherd brought the horn of birch bark and the goats horn with him in order to drive away the wild beast from his cattle and to keep contact with his home and to call the
cattle that had lost their way. The common shepherd of the village once woke up the housewives with the following tune which is however here performed on a flute back instead of the original birch bark horn. Because of its extraordinary geographical position Finland represents a border area in the folk tradition where the influences from the West and the east have always met
the Eastern tradition of most distinctly represented by the lamentations called forth by an old Oriental custom. Members of the Greek Catholic Church in the eastern part of the country have performed their improvisations at weddings at wakes and funerals as an expression of loss and sorrow. Their primitive improvisations with a crystallized technique forming a special genre of music between the recitative and the song to their contents either instructive or moralising or endeavoring to create a certain feeling or atmosphere. The professional weepers sayings for the bride before she leaves for the church or when she is preparing herself for the marriage ceremony is. He were you would know. Who and I. There were many Edwin Gore. Oh I'm.
Going. Will Guidant will I. I think we are. In a little private group. With. Their little. Guru I'm a good. Guy you're a normal guy and it got. To the. GUY WHO Norma the man gun. Good. Or. Bad guy. Following it Australia is an example of the real epic saying constructional it comprises only two melodic lines the fragment of the epic song has a religious motif and tells us how the symbol of purity or Baria
became pregnant after having eaten a bear right on the heath. By far. More. Than one. Full. Nagging him or for him. Her. Mother. For. The. Ortho bug the one who will of. Course
Form 4 0 0 0. Live and learn of their life. But. I. Haven't. Been further than that. Who in their. Oil world. Who are more. Than who are who. Who are wrong and why the Finnish national instrument played on by trying the strings with the fingers. The five strain to come to life has often been used as the symbol of the Finnish
intellectual culture. The instrument is accompanied the traditional road song but has also been used as an instrument for dance music. It's Pentecost Amatus gives an archaic impression about it called Sheep dropped performed on a five string to count a lot. Examples given illustrate the older stage of development from the beginning of the 17th
century the metrically rhyming lyric songs originating from the West became more and more popular. The melodies of the songs often structurally based on a four line period that is the metrical form of a stroke or even of the love songs form the greatest part of the song is the range of topics is very extensive indeed. The songs were performed on occasions of entertainment dances or games. The satirical songs too belong to this genre of music. A Finnish farmer of nearly seven days sings a fragment of a love song. The border fairly large can go
on and on. Whatever. He and I be had. Here and I feel fairly. You know I'll you know hold on here are
here and. Here and. To this younger stage of development of the folk music belong instruments like the violin the clarinet and the accordion and also the big come to light with about 30 strangers the autistic leave of valuable material is included in the repertory played on the violin and the 18th and 19th century the oldest and most interesting of the dances of this stage is the so-called postcard in full today's rhythm considered at the Swedish National Dance. A chain of dances with seven to 10 turns sometimes lasting for more than one
hour is called Popery or potpourri it is solemn and demands part of the answers as well as of the players. So it's going to it is often a ceremonious dance which is commenced and finished by a march a. In the middle of the same pool party dance consisting of many parts. There was a special figure
dance called Larry. The wolves speak A popular in Finland at the beginning of the 19th century. The most interesting of
these men today is rich in figuring. With.
With. With. The following novelty is among the most important dances of the last century where the mazurka the schottische the most victorious novelty being however the polka which did not spread in the country until the 1870s or 1880s the folk musician plays a gay polka about a day on his 30 stringed con to live.
The epic lyric folk songs and poems belonging to the newest age were distributed
widely in the provinces of Finland as printed sheets from the end of the 17th century. Many of the songs were ballads based on internationally known motifs. A peasant woman sings a fragment of such a ballot. Finally we hear a money post got played by an ensemble that performs popular
wedding music. The purpose of this post was to collect gifts for the married couple those taking part in the dance also gave their contributions either money or gifts. There then is the money post got. Newt thank.
You have been listening to music from Finland classical contemporary and folk music promise of it his festival 50th anniversary of the newish independence celebration. Series revealing some current musical activity in Finland. Today's illustrated lecture on Finnish folk music was written and prepared by f k Ana Kearney. This second series of programs of music from Finland is based on recordings supplied by the Finnish Broadcasting Company for production by the University of Michigan. The program was written and produced by Henry Welliver. This is a Burroughs inviting you to listen
again next week at this same time for another program of music from Finland. This is the national educational radio network.
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Music from Finland
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Finnish Broadcasting Company
University of Michigan
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Music from Finland is a series of programs focused on classical, contemporary, and folk music from two musical events in Finland; the Sibelius Festival of 1965 and the 50th Anniversary of Finnish Independence Celebration of 1967. The series is based on recordings from the Finnish Broadcasting Company for production by the University of Michigan, and was distributed by the National Educational Radio Network.
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Host: Burrows, Ed
Producing Organization: Finnish Broadcasting Company
Producing Organization: University of Michigan
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 69-7-5 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:32
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