Karen Torkelson Solgård | Norse Fiddle at the Wedding

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Norse Fiddle at the Wedding

by Karen Torkelson Solgård

Wedding music takes a Norwegian theme with favorite Norwegian bridal marches, prelude, recessional, and reception music on Hardanger fiddle. With Arna Rennan, vocals and Langeleik; Tora Meyer, vocals.
Genre: World: Scandinavian
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1. Telemark Bridal March
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2. Girl with the Farm
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3. I Corinthians 13:4-8 / Valdres Bridal March
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4. Now It Is Done
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5. Lohengrin Bridal March Medley
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6. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring / Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
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7. Herding Girl's Sunday (vocal)
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8. Nordfjord Bridal March
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9. Myllarguten's Bridal March
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10. Ancient Bridal Tune from Sogn
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11. Three Fiskestigen Bridal Marches
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12. Bestemor's Waltz in Pachelbel Canon style
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13. Hallingdal Traveling Tune
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14. Trøndelag Bridal Waltz
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15. Saturday Waltz
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16. Herding Girl's Sunday (fiddle)
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Album Notes
"Norse Fiddle at the Wedding" is sweet listening, as well as a source for the wedding couple choosing music for their own celebration. The tunes--selected, arranged and composed with the American wedding in mind--do not always follow Norwegian conventions. For instance, Norwegian Hardanger fiddle music may sound moody and melancholy, whereas American couples look for a happy upbeat event. Karen's tempos and tune choices take those tastes into consideration.

"Norse Fiddle at the Wedding" is the result of thirty years of playing for weddings. Karen Torkelson Solgård regularly encounters couples who want an element of the wedding to acknowledge their national origin, even when everything else is characteristic of an "American" ceremony. This CD is a reflection of the wedding couples who bring creativity and thoughtfulness to their wedding day preparations. Karen's arrangements and compositions are a result of their requests.

The reviewer in the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America's "Sound Post" says:
"Karen's creative touch in forging an American Hardanger fiddle style is evident in her version of the Bridal March from Vang in which she sings a Bible passage from I Corinthians, Bestemor's Waltz in the style of Pachelbel Canon and two versions of Ole Bull's beloved Herding Girl's Sunday."

Historically, Norwegian country weddings were elaborate affairs that lasted up to a week. Music of the Hardanger fiddle (called hardingfele in Norwegian) featured prominently at each point in the festivities, beginning with the initial church procession from the bride's home to the feasting and dancing afterwards.

Whether planning a wedding or not, you'll love the haunting sound of the Hardanger fiddle, Norway's national instrument. The drone of its extra resonating strings--four or five of which are strung under the fingerboard and cannot be touched by the bow--create a trancelike effect. Some tunes date back to medieval times. It even looks medieval. Instead of a scroll, as on a violin, a lion's head sits at the top of the peg box and the instrument is decorated with black ink flowers and mother-of-pearl inlay. The music swirls with flourishes and ornaments in ornate decoration of the melody and harmony notes.

A companion wedding music book for Hardanger fiddle or violin is available directly from the author. Email norsefiddle@solgard.com for information about the book.

"Norse Fiddle at the Wedding" is a MUST-HAVE for your collection.


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Loretta Kelley

A unique resource
For a Norwegian-American couple searching for traditional music for their wedding, this is an extremely valuable and unique resource. Very carefully thought out and designed to be accessible for those with no previous exposure to Norwegian traditional music.

Bill Laber

We love the sound of the Hardanger fiddle and Karen does it proud
My wife is from Bergen, Norway and always loved the traditions of her home country. Since our daughter will be getting married in a few weeks, this CD is perfect for the pre ceremony, bridal party coming down the isle, the bridal march to the alter, and even the cocktail party just after the ceremony. I know it will be a big hit with all our Sons of Norway guests and others as well.

Hardanger Fiddle Association of America "Sound Post"

Unique Niche in the Hardanger Fiddle World
Karen has found a truly unique niche in the Hardanger fiddle world. I really admire the time, thought and study she has put into her work.


I love your music. I listen to your CD ALL the time. You are wonderful!


I love your music. I listen to your CD ALL the time. You are wonderful!


This is like music I heard from relative
This cd evokes the sounds I heard when a relative played the Hardanger fiddle when he came to visit. The Saturday Waltz is from that time. I think the sentiment "Love all, owe no-one, be free, that's the thing" is so true and I like the neat Pachelbel Cannon style setting. Good choices for weddings are on this cd.

Kristina Gray

Rich and elegant texture of melodies with toe-tapping rhythym
After listening to this Wedding CD for hours on end, I always feel happy!!! The upbeat energy after beating out the rhythyms to myself is a gift. This CD begs for the listener to dance with another person but it is safe to listen to while driving in your car or at work. I especially like being reminded of the truths of the I Corinthians 13 piece. I can't wait for more CDs by this artist to come out!