Voces Thules new guardians of a Hurdy Gurdy instrument

Voches Thules have been experimenting with a musical instrument that has recently been renovated owned by the National Broadcasting Service (RUV). This instrument, a 18th century Hurdy Gurdy, as seen in the hands of Sigurður Halldórsson, is a masterpiece wherever you look at it. By allowing Voces Thules to use it the Instrument has now an important role since Voces Thules are now investigating and analyzing the old dances and folk dances that are known from the late Middle Ages in Iceland wherein instruments similar til Hurdy Gurdy where used.

This instrument has been within the National Radio for a long time and there are not many sources on why and how it came into the possession of the organization. It is known that it was built in the year 1863 in France.

It was the head of the division of Classical Music, Mr. Bjarni Rúnar Bjarnason, that had the infinity of rebuilding the instrument. He then arranged things so that this “national treasure” can now be used in the research work of Voces Thules.

You can listen to a short interview from May 31. 2010 on the radio program Víðsjá on RÚV and hear this instrument as it sounded on rehearsal that same day.

One Response to “Voces Thules new guardians of a Hurdy Gurdy instrument”

  1. Njáll Sigurðsson Says:
    November 23rd, 2011 at %I:%M %p

    Kæru söngfélagar í Voces Thules!
    Rétt áðan var ég að horfa á Sigurð leika á gamla hljóðfærið úr safni Útvarpsins. Ég hef lengi haft áhuga á íslensku nafni á þessu og slíkum hljóðfærum. Tillaga mín: Hverfiýra. Sbr. hverfisteinn, brýnissteinn sem snúið var til að brýna ljái. Að hverfast um eitthvað = Að snúast um eitthvað. Mér finnst þetta tengjast vel erlendu nöfnunum: Þý.: Drehleier; Sæ.: Vevlyra. Kv. Njáll Sig. njallsig@hi.is – 866-4438.

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