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An avid tea-drinker who likes nutmeg in her coffee and warm lavender-scented quilts. She knits, crochets and partakes in random acts of craftiness (and kindness). She likes obscure works of literature, philosophy and the idea that her mind exists separately from her body. She enjoys moving furniture around, literary criticism and baking bread. She writes haiku about nettles, would like to swim with seals and become completely self-sufficient. She writes as if her life depends on it, listens to beautiful music, and loves her darling husband Mr. VP.

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Friday 18 October 2013

Friday Music: Árstíðir – Heyr himna smiður

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!

One thought on “Friday Music: Árstíðir – Heyr himna smiður

  1. Marie says:

    Hi Tash,

    I listened to this beautiful music whilst viewing the photographs of Glastonbury. What an appropriate background to those majestic ruins.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting over recent weeks. Blogging has been a challenge of late because work is extremely stressful and it has impacted my whole life. I feel trapped in a situation which was not of my making and this is after more than a year of trying to remedy the issues through official channels. I don’t know what my next move will be, but I decided at the start of this week’s holiday that if I wasn’t certain what to do, the best thing was to do nothing.

    Take Care and enjoy your weekend.

    Marie x

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