The nyckelharpa (Schlüsselfidel, viola d’amore con chiavi, keyed fiddel) is a string instrument played with a short bow and with keys that change the pitch. Its resonance strings contribute to its unique sound. From Late Middle Ages the nyckelharpa emerged in Europe. However since the Baroque it has only been played in Sweden as a folklore instrument mainly around Uppland. Thanks to innovative musicians in Sweden, especially Eric Sahlström (1912-1986), and inspired musicians in continental Europe, the nyckelharpa is being rediscovered all over the world and used in many musical styles. The common historical roots of the nyckelharpa reinforce experience of the European dimension in this project.
This invitation is intended for people from
everywhere with all levels of nyckelharpa experience (as well
as folks motivated to learn) to play, share experiences, and take
Instruction will be given mostly in English. Additional languages are possible depending on the teachers. And usually some help with the language is possible by participants in the single workshops.
We are planning (subject to alterations):
- Workshop especially for beginners and for slightly advanced players
(Some instruments are for rent at a fee of 50 €. Please don't forget to tell us with your registration, if you need one.)
- Jule Bauer and Annette Osann
- Handling the nyckelharpa
- Fundamentals of using the bow
- Use of the left hand
- Easy repertoire
- Continuous Workshops to special topics for advanced players
- Emilia Amper and Magnus Holmström
- Traditional nyckelharpa music from Sweden
- Vicki Swan
- Music from the British Islands (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
- Didier François
- Contemporary music and improvitation
These workshops we will set up on-site. But you can specify your preference with the inscription, which facilitates our planning.
- Marco Ambrosini
- Early music for nyckelharpa - From Middle Ages to Baroque
- This course is aimed at something more advanced nyckelharpa player and requires your preparation by the previously sent sheet music. To make it possible for us to sent you the sheet music and for you to do the preparation, we ask for this workshop for an early application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The number of participants is limited.
- In addition:
- Short workshops with the other teachers fore even more exchange
- Knowledge of the Instrument
- Basics of building the nyckelharpa
- Simple repairs
- Consulting service
- Free playing together and sharing of experience
- Playing in different groups
- and in different styles
- Exposition about the nyckelharpa
(Holger E. Funke - Manesse-Instrumenta, Poeta Magica)
- History of the nyckelharpa
- From the mora to the e-harpa
- Opportunity to try out
- Repairs and consulting
Planning and overall management: Marco Ambrosini and Karsten Evers
The nyckelharpa teachers:
Marco Ambrosini, Eifa/Hatzfeld (Germany), studied violin and viola, theory and history of music and composition in Ancona and Pesaro. In 1982 he founded the famous ensemble "Oni Wytars" together with Peter Rabanser and in 1991 the quot;Katharco Consort" together with Katharina Dustmann. He works as a soloist and composer in many international ensembles for early and contemporary music. He was the pioneer for nyckelharpa in continental Europe. 2012, he published a book of daily exercises for the nyckelharpa.
More at: www.ambrosini.de
Emilia Amper, Torsås (Sweden), nyckelharpa player, singer and composer from Sweden. She is "riksspelman" and World Champion for nyckelharpa. She has studied at several Scandinavian Music Academies and achieved two bachelor's and a master's degree. She performs solo and with various groups around the world, playing Nordic folk music, but also Persian classical music, jazz and pop / rock. 2010, with the Trondheim Soloists, she was nominated for the World Grammy and 2011 she won the Norwegian Grammy. 2014, she was nominated with her debut solo CD for the Swedish Grammy and honoured as
Artist of the Year at The Swedish Folk and World Music Awards. She was also
winner of the Nordic composers prize NPU.
More at: www.emiliaamper.se
Jule Bauer, Frankfurt (Germany), took part in the European Nyckelharpa Training at the Scuola di Musica Popolare in Forlimpopoli (Italien). Study of science of music at the university J.W.Goethe ( Frankfurt), playing with different group for early music, folk music and world music since several years.
Didier François, Antwerpen (Belgium), studied violin, composition and Jazz in Brussels and Amsterdam. He performed on violin and nyckelharpa with Stefane Grappelli, Gabriel Yacoub, Michel Risler, Armand Amar, he is composer for ballet, film and theatre, sculptor, and he has been teaching for many years.
More at: www.didierfrancois.be
Magnus Holmström, Sigtuna (Sweden), is a professional nyckelharpa player and an experienced teacher. He studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo and at the Royal Collage of Music in Stcokholm. 2004, he won Worldchampion with “Gammelharpa” (old style) and 2006 both classes with “Gammelharpa” and modern nyckelharpa. 2006, he also won the award; “musician of honour” at Burträsksvängen and 2008 the Bror Hjorth Scholarship.
More at: www.magnusholmstrom.com
Annette Osann, Dole (France), is a trained violin maker, since 1998 specializing in building nyckelharpas. She plays in different ensembles for early and traditional music, especially baroque music. Since 2005 Duo Arcangelo with Juliette Thiebergien, since 2007 cooperation with Perrine Thiebergien.
More at: www.annetteosann.fr
Vicki Swan, Braintree (UK), graduated from the Royal College of Music on double bass. Well known on the British folk scene she is a full time folk musician performing on nyckelharpa, bagpipes and singing. Being half Swedish the nyckelharpa was a natural choice to add to her armory of instruments and is now leading the development of the nyckelharpa in Great Britain with her UK Nyckelharpa Project and spearheaded the newly formed UK Nyckelharpa Society. In addition to various duo recordings Vicki has recently published the ‘British Session Tunes for Nyckelharpa’ and also a book of Duets in the Swedish Style. Vicki also has a masters in Education (specialising in distance tuition on the Scottish smallpipes) and composes and arranges music for the nyckelharpa and other ensembles. We learnt to know and appreciate Vicki as participant and composer by the ENCORE project 2014 (www.encore.nyckelharpa.eu).
Overall direction: Marco Ambrosini and Karsten Evers
International Days of the Nyckelharpa at BURG FÜRSTENECK
start on Thursday, October 2, 2014 with dinner at 6:30 pm and end on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm.
On your registration form please tell us the level of your nyckelharpa experience. Indication of special interests and/or requests will help us prepare a program suited to your expectations.
Fee 320 - 370 € (self-assessment including accomodation and food), reduced fee: 205 €
This fee includes all tuition and program, accommodation at the castle and good and optionally vegetarian food. "Reduced fee" is for young people up to 26 years not earning own money.
From 2014, the reduced price can also be granted to people who relate social benefits. A proof is required. Please check with us.
Registration or send an email to email@example.com
Here your can find synopsis of all our courses with music and dance,
- currently only in German ;-(
has started at BURG FÜRSTENECK in cooperation with
the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (Italy) and
the Eric Sahlström Institutet (Sweden)
If you are interessted, please write us (firstname.lastname@example.org). A new group will start soon.
More Information you will find here and on the English flyer here.
„CADENCE – Cultural ADult Education and Nyckelharpa Cooperation in Europe – Teaching music to adults with special emphasis on the nyckelharpa (key fiddle)“ www.cadence.nyckelharpa.eu
"ENCORE – European Nyckelharpa Cooperation – ORchestral Experience - between European folk music and contemporary compositions"
Am Schlossgarten 3
Tel: +49 (0) 6672-92020
Fax: +49 (0) 6672-9202-30
Folk at BURG FÜRSTENECK