It’s been one of those weeks where you realise the work is paying off. I’m finding my muscles are matching up to the nyckelharpa now so I can play for a long time (when I get a chance!) and my fingers seem to know where to go. There’s still lots to learn but I can feel some progress which feels great.

I was looking for a piece with lots of playing on the middle strings as these are the more challenging to bow on – that is to bow on the one you intended! This renaissance work by Orlande de Lassus, one of his Cantiones Duarum Vocum, is written for soprano and alto in equal parts. It’s a beautiful piece, I put the translation below and it also offers the opportunity to explore a different relationship between the nyckelharpa and the voice.

Beatus vir qui in sapientia morabitur,
et qui in justitia meditabitur,
et in sensu cogitabit circumspectionem Dei.

Blessed is the one who shall continue in wisdom,
And who shall meditate in justice,
And in who’s mind shall think of the all-seeing eye of God.

Nyckelharpa Diaries – week 4

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