#1 Bruremarsj etter Håvard Gibøen
Bridal March after Håvard Gibøen
This bridal march is in tradition after one of the most important fiddlers in Telemark, Håvard Gibøen. He was a quiet and sensitive man, playing so expressively that the listeners could not resist being touched. Sometimes the tears appeared in his own eyes too, while playing.
#2 Jon Vestafe
A springar dance after Jon Vestafe, or Jon Kjos, one of the masters that Myllarguten learnt from. At that time, you needed a license from the king to be allowed to play in weddings, and Jon Vestafe was one of the few owing it.
#3 Bruremarsj frå Telemark / Brurevise
Bridal March from Telemark / Bridal Song
This is one of the most well-known bridal marches in Norway. In this version you also find a sone variant, after the singer Talleiv Røysland, one of the finest folk singers. «Look at the bride today, look at the bride today. She dances on the floor with Tarjei. As the rosen bud red and white, and the clothes sits on her body nice, and light in her feet, you can see that now. Where is the bride now, where is the bride now? In the chamber with father and mother, she sits quietly. It is painful to leave, but the boy is gentle as few, and good things awaiten, you know that now.»
Tune from the Hills
Brynjulv Olson was a trader of cattle, and he had lost a young bull up in the hills, that he wandered about looking for. He lay down to rest, but then he heard such a beautiful singing. He sat up to see what it could be, and there stood a girl with light hear running down to her heels, and she was trilling «So you will play, Brynjulv Olson, when home with wife and children. North of the hilltop, you’ll find your bull.»
#5 Prillaren frå Os
The Player from Os
This springar dance is after Knut Lurås, who in addition to being a fiddler, was a traditional rose painter, and traveled a lot. In this way, he learnt tunes from many districts, and brought home to Telemark. This one is most probably from Western Norway.
#6 Gangar etter Myllaren
Tune after Myllarguten
A Gangar is a dance loitering between 4/8- and 6/8-meter. This one is in tradition after Myllarguten. This famous fiddler always varied his tunes after the atmosphere and occasion where he played.
Knut from Rotneim
This well-known halling dance is about the great dancer Knut from Rotneim in Hallingdal, wild and mellow, there was no one who could win a fight with him.
Myllarguten was in love with a girl named Kari. When she chose to marry someone else, Myllarguten sat behind a stone as the bridal procession passed, and he played this bridal march. You can hear it singing Kari, Kari …
Nils Rekve, fiddler from Voss in Western Norway, is the source of this gangar. Myllarguten took this tune with him home to Telemark when having visited Rekve.
#10 Hjerki Haukeland
Then it was Øystein Lurås, who had a wedding coming, with the beautiful girl Hjerki Haukeland. But as he came to her family’s place on the western coast, there was a wedding going on between her and a captain. Øystein asked the bride for a dance, and as they danced, he pulled of the silver belt he had given her, and ran out.
Gangar dance after Knut Lurås, who was particularly fond of the gangar style.
Igletveiten is a well-known and playful springar dance. The fiddler Olav Igletveit learnt it from Håvard Gibøen, but on his way home, Olav forgot the tune. He had to turn and travel the way back once again, to learn it a second time.
#13 Håvards draum
The Dream of Håvard Gibøen
Håvard Gibøen once fell asleep by the bridge of Oterholt, and in his dream, he heard this springar.
The Goblin Bride
The goblins are creatures from the underground, and has been part of everyday life of peasant and mountain people. It is important to be friendly with these creatures. If you respect and help them, they will help you. If you bother them, you will be pursued.
The Bride from Skuldal
Signe of Skuldal weren’t allowed to marry her boyfriend, but had to marry the richer, old nabour man. At the wedding feast, she sang so wistfully, and suddenly she was gone. All the guests went about looking for her. In the early hours, they found her in the waterfall.
The Girls from Kivle
In the valley of Kivle, there were these three girls that loved being out in the mountains, playing and singing. One day they were out and played on their horns, it was in the middle of church time, and the priest heard them. He got so angry, ran out and cursed the three girls. They turned into stone, and the stones can still be seen today.