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21 tunes after Anders Sagen On this new album musician and composer Einar Mjølsnes (Hardanger fiddle) from Voss has gathered all of the 21 tunes played by Anders Sagen that have been transcribed. Mjølsnes opens and closes the album with his own compositions, which were inspired by, and hold references to, the pieces Sagen played. Mjølsnes discovered the tunes by fiddler Anders Sagen from Berge in Kyrkjebø, Sogn, several years ago while leafing through "Hardingfeleverket" (Norsk folkemusikk, series I: Hardingfeleslåttar, Universitetsforlaget, Oslo). A piece with an unusual tuning attracted his attention. "I noted that the tune was attributed to Anders Haga, Gamlehagen, from Voss. This was the area my traditions were drawn from, so I had to learn that tune," writes Mjølsnes in his cover notes for this album. The tune was "Eldgamal springar" as played by Anders Sagen, transcribed by Arne Bjørndal. During his period as official musician of Hordaland County, Einar Mjølsnes had the opportunity to work with these fiddle tunes with a view to recording them, and this album is the result of several years of in-depth study of the material. Einar Mjølsnes (b. 1952) is a very highly regarded musician and arranger/composer. He has been engaged at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss and as the official musician for Hordaland County. Among his works as a composer is a piece commissioned for the Osa Festival in 1998. He studied at Veitvet Music Conservatory and the Bergen Music Conservatory (now the Grieg Academy).
Several years ago while sifting through a book of Norsk folk music, Einar Mjolsnes stumbled upon tunes by fiddler Anders Sagen. These tunes have been transcribed and are performed on this album by Mjolsnes. Born in 1952, Einar Mjolsnes is a highly respected arranger, composer, and musician. He received his music education at Veitvet Music Conservatory and the Bergen Music Conservatory.
Personnel: Einar Mjolsnes (hardanger fiddle).
Audio Mixer: Tor Magne Hallibakken.
Liner Note Authors: Einar Mjolsnes; Arne Bjorndal; Laura Ellestad.
Recording information: Hallibakken Iyproduksjon (2014); Hallibakken Iyproduksjon (2015).
Photographer: Oddleiv Apneseth.