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Welcome to Norsk Visearkiv (the Norwegian Folk- and Popular Song Archives)

Norsk visearkiv is a centre for documentation of Norwegian folk- and popular songs. The archives are open to the general public, and we answer questions on e-mail, telephone or ordinary mail.

We can help you with identifying and finding songs or give you backgrounds for songs or genres.

Norsk visearkiv is a part of National Library of Norway.

Inquires:
E-mail: musikk@nb.no
Telephone: Music Department: (+47) 23 27 61 60
National Library of Norway's switchboard: (+ 47) 810 013 00

Postal address:
Norsk visearkiv
Postboks 2674 Solli
0203 Oslo

Visitor address:
Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Solli plass.

Employees:
Velle Espeland velle.espeland@nb.no
Liv Kreken liv.kreken@nb.no
Astrid Nora Ressem astridnora.ressem@nb.no
Elin Prøysen elin.proysen@nb.no
Ellen Nessheim Wiger ellen.wiger@nb.no
Olav Solberg olav.solberg@hit.no




Publications:


Norske middelalderballader - Melodier (Norse medieval ballads - Melodies)
Vol. 1. Naturmytiske ballader, legendeballader og historiske ballader. (Volume 1)
Editor: Astrid Nora Ressem
Norsk visearkivs publikasjon 5 / Norsk folkeminnelag 164.

This first volume contains the melodies to ballads of the supernatural, to legendary ballads and to historical ballads.
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"Vil du meg lyde". Balladsångare i Telemark på 1800-talet (Ballad singers in Telemark in the 19th Century)
Authors: Bengt R. Jonsson and Olav Solberg
Published by Novus, Oslo. 2011.
Norsk visearkivs publikasjon 4 / Skrifter utgivna av Svenskt visarkiv

This book portrays the lives of about 450 ballad singers from Telemark in the 19th Century.

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Sang og velvære (Singing and wellbeing)
Author: Anne Haugland Balsnes
Norsk visearkivs publikasjon 3.

The report presents the results from 36 Norwegian and international studies in the effects of singing.

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Tradisjonell sang som levende prosess (Traditional singing as a living process)
Editors: Lene Halskov Hansen, Astrid Nora Ressem and Ingrid Åkesson.
Published by Novus, Oslo. 2009.Norsk visearkivs publikasjon 2 / Skrifter utgivna av Svenskt visarkiv 26

A book about different aspects on variation and creativity in traditional song and singing, written by a group of ten academics, singers and teachers from Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

The book is written in Nordic languages, but each contribution has a summary in English.
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Norske ballader. 30 ballader om drap og elskov, skjemt og lengsel blant riddere, jomfruer, kjemper og dyr. (Norse medieval ballads. 30 ballads about murder and love, humour and yarning among knights, gigants and animals)
Heilo - Grappa HCD 7239, Oslo 2009. 2 CDs.
Norsk visearkivs publikasjon 1.

The anthology includes 30 Norwegian medieval ballads. It contains two CDs with our foremost traditional singers and a booklet in which you can find the texts as they are sung on the CD.
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Articles in English
The Lullabye. On the Problem of Typology for Non-narrative Folksongs
Chronological layers in a song repertoire
…all for his maiden fair
"Draumkvedet". From Fragments of a Folk Song to a National Cultural    Treasure
Oral ballads as national literature


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