About the Hardanger Fiddle

The Hardanger fiddle is a traditional Norwegian instrument that has been a central part of the country's folk music tradition for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to the early 17th century when it was developed in the Hardanger region of southwestern Norway. The earliest known example of the hardingfele is from 1651, made by Ole Jonsen Jaastad in Hardanger, Norway. The instrument is unique in that it has four or five sympathetic strings that resonate with the main strings, creating a rich and complex sound. It is often used to play traditional Norwegian music such as the halling, gangar and the springar, which are popular dance forms in the country. Today, the Hardanger fiddle remains an essential part of Norwegian folk music and is appreciated by musicians and enthusiasts around the world for its unique sound and cultural significance.

Article about the Hardanger Fiddle by Ole Gjerde


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