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Norwegian Folk Song

( Villingen af er faglar smar? )

The Swede Carl Oscar Boije af Gennas (1849-1923) was a passionate amateur guitar player who gathered an enormous collection of guitar music. Part of this collection was a large part of the nineteenth century guitar literature plus a great number of guitar periodicals, which contained pieces for guitar and various ensembles of guitar with voice, violin and even piano.

Boie had stated in his last will that his collection was to be donated to the Statens Musikbibliotek, the central Swedish library for sheet music. All the music from the Boie collection presently is in the Public Domain.

That’s a nice invitation to an odyssey for new music. The collection contains a great deal, music from the classical period and the early romantic era. A large number of pieces is decently engraved, but quite a few are just hand written concepts.

Thus I found a little collection of pieces for voice and guitar, 10 Udvalgte Sange, Norwegian folk songs that are attributed to a certain Mr. Olav. The song Villingen af er faglar smar? looked a nice playing piece for guitar duo.