3426Re: [norse_course] sequentia
- Aug 3, 2003
I have a copy of the Sequentia CD, and even as a relative novice, I found numerous errors in pronunciation. I also was somewhat disappointed that the style owes more to Gregorian chanting than to medieval songs or folk songs that I've heard. The metre of Eddic poetry should, in my mind, lend to it a certain rhythm, which I didn't find at all on the Sequentia production. That being said, I still quite enjoy it as a musical production. Do you know of any recordings of traditional folk ballads or the like, that would give us a better idea of how it should sound?
(the other) Dan
Hi, Dan! This exchange is only marginally on-topic but I hope no-one minds our discussing Sequentia a bit more.
I doubt this CD was recorded with the intent of making it into an academic exercise on reconstructing a sung version of the “Edda” as it was performed in mediaeval Iceland.
I'm sure it is nowhere explicitly stated but that's the impression many people seem to be getting.
It is a modern artistic expression of an old text, not more no less.
Certainly. But why would they do all this research if their goal wasn't, at least partially, to reconstruct something?
To criticize it under this aspect does not do the craftsmanship and effort justice that was put into it.
The aspect we were asked (by more than one person) to criticize was the accuracy of the pronunciation. As I said two years ago: "Obviously the members of Sequentia are musicians (not linguists) and they will have to be judged for the quality of their music. I don't know much of anything about music so you shouldn't take my comments about it very seriously." As for accuracy of pronunciation we found it mostly absent.
And how would you know how the Edda was performed in the first place? Were you there? Even darwing conclusions from modern Icelandic, Faeroes, and Norwegian traditional folk music doesn’t really help, because performace and musical styles develop and change over time at least as much as language does.
Even so, later Icelandic and Faroese folk songs would surely be a better approximation than, say, traditional Japanese music or modern opera. And this criticism was founded on their own claims. They said they'd listened to a whole lot of traditional Nordic music - yet I hardly heard a trace of that in their performance. Neither did Óskar. But it so happens that now we do have someone on this list who is much better qualified to judge Sequentia's music. Konrad, what do you think? By all means, don't let me ruin your enjoyment of the music. I keep giving the impression that I hated this CD but that's not the case at all. I enjoyed some of the melodies. I'd even like to own it but I'd rather prefer not to pay for it ;-) Kveðja, Haukur ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor ---------------------~--> Buy Ink Cartridges or Refill Kits for Your HP, Epson, Canon or Lexmark Printer at Myinks.com. Free s/h on orders $50 or more to the US & Canada. http://www.c1tracking.com/l.asp?cid=5511 http://us.click.yahoo.com/sO0ANB/LIdGAA/ySSFAA/GP4qlB/TM ---------------------------------------------------------------------~-> A Norse funny farm, overrun by smart people. Homepage: http://www.hi.is/~haukurth/norse/ To escape from this funny farm try rattling off an e-mail to: email@example.com Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/
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