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Folk Music in Norway
The Hardanger Fiddle (Hardingfele) in Norway

The Hardanger Fiddle (Hardingfele) in Norway

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Norway folk music has an unbroken tradition with lots of history. It has been passed down by each generation for hundreds of years. Norwegian folk music culture consists of music in vocal and instrumental pieces that are often performed by soloists.

The traditional instrument for instrumental folk music in Norway is the Hardingfele (Hardanger fiddle), followed by the harp. The Hardanger fiddle is often called the national instrument of Norway. You can hear it being used extensively in the Lord of the Rings soundtracks.

Typical traditional dances for Norway folk music include the Halling, shown in Alexander Rybak's winning performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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