As a huge fan of Scandinavian music, it seems like it has been far too long since I last posted about music from one of my favourite regions (and it doesn’t get more authentically-Scandinavian than this!). This time it is a little odd, as it not a song you can buy, but rather an impromptu post-concert Gregorian-chant-esq piece by one of my favourite Icelandic bands: Árstíðir. What is even more brilliant is that this impromptu sing-song is held in a train station in Wuppertal, Germany and if you listen you can hear the rail announcements over the tannoy!
But more than that, I find both the setting and the age of the song very interesting. The composer of the lyrics, Kolbeinn Tumason,wrote them in the thirteenth-century whilst the melody was composed some 700 years later in 1970, by þorkell Sigurbjörnsson, one of Iceland’s pre-eminent composers. I can’t think of a nicer thing to listen to on a Friday afternoon in October. Enjoy!