Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Music

First Advisor

Trina Thompson

Abstract

The Hymns of the passion are a collection of Icelandic poems (1656-1659) that have been important to Icelandic religious life since the seventeenth century. Until an organ was first brought to Iceland in 1840, hymns were unaccompanied both in church and in the home. Though the words of the hymns were reprinted several times, the musical notation seldom accompanied them, allowing for a strong oral tradition to form. I transcribed 31 field recordings of the hymn "Stridsmenn Krist" ("Christ bears his cross"). I then compared these transcriptions in order to identify rhythmic and melodic variations. The final stage of my research is grouping similar variants to determine possible trends in oral tradition with respect to age or geographic region.

Subject Area

Hymns, Icelandic

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