The Melodic Structure And Form Of Norwegian Lullabies (Bansuller) From The Valleys Of Valdres, Gudbrandsdalen, And Osterdalen

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Lundstrom, Elbjorg Keyn
Norwegian Lullabies; Bansuller; Melodic Structure; Music
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ProblemThis study analyzes a significant group of lullabies collected from three of the principal valleys in Norway. A detailed analysis may show the extent of centonization within the lullabies and may reveal aspects of the tonal inflection of these melodies.MethodThis study gives a general description of the lullaby. It also presents an annotated listing of collections and a summary of previous studies done in this area. With the help of traditional techniques and computer technology, the motives from 154 melodies were analyzed.ResultsThe analysis resulted in the discovery that the lullabies consist to a large degree of certain motives that are common to all three valleys. However the melodies from each valley have certain characteristics which are unique to that valley or which appeared very seldom in the other two valleys.ConclusionsTo a large extent these lullabies utilize the technique of centonization and heave their own tonal inflection.