Tre sanger etter Ragnar Vigdal (2020) 19′
for folk singer and chamber orchestra (a least 4-4-2-2-1)
The folk singer Ragnar Vigdal (1913-1990) from Vigdal in Sogn grew up in a home characterized of pietistic Christianity. He represents the tradition of the lay preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge and the “Haugianere” who grew strong in inner Sogn. At house meetings he learned to sing hundreds of religious folk tunes, richly adorned with ornamentation and lush intonation. My adaptations are not arrangements in the traditional sense; to keep the flexible pulse from the original versions, I have written three almost independent string movements on which the melodies can freely flow.