Exploring Nordic folk clarinets

Ine Nord
Project work
Ine Nord
University of the arts, Sibelius Academy
Folk music department
Fall 2014
Project name
Exploring Nordic folk clarinets
In this project work I have immersed myself in the Nordic tradition of folk clarinets. As a folk musician and a wind instrument player, I have of course already been aware of the existence of this instrumental tradition before this project, even having a vague idea of what it implies, but I have always kept it at an arms length, being happy with the possibilities of the modern clarinet.

After coming to Finland and the Sibelius Academy, however, my interest in the folk clarinets have grown, much due to the fact that instruments are in high regard here, with many people playing and building them, also on a professional level. It became clear to me that if I were to incorporate these instruments into my repertoire at some point, it would be beneficial to do it as part of my studies at the Sibelius Academy.

  • 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 Background of the project
    • 1.2 Aims for the project
    • 1.3 What is a folk clarinet?
  • 2 Studying the historical backgroud of  Nordic folk clarinets
    • 2.1 Obtaining material
    • 2.2 Brief Historical summary
    • 2.2.1 Origins
    • 2.2.2 The Sjøfløyte; example of incorporating instruments into folk tradition
    • 2.2.3 The Meråkerklarinett; example of a revived tradition
    • 2.2.4 The Swedish Bone Clarinet
  • 3 The process of studying folk clarinet playing
    • 3.1 Technical issues, similarities and differences from playing modern day clarinets
    • 3.2 Adapting the playing to a modern-day context
  • 4 Building an instrument
    • 4.1 Preparations
    • 4.1.1 Selecting and obtaining the material
    • 4.1.2 Researching building techniques
    • 4.2 The building process
    • 4.2.1 Preparing the bones
    • 4.2.2 Putting together the instrument
    • 4.3 Outcome, achievements and flaws
  • 5 Producing the concert
    • 5.1 Choosing what material to play
    • 5.2 Working with the instruments and equipment
    • 5.3 Preparing and performing the concert
    • 5.3.1 Obstacles
    • 5.3.2 The concert
    • 5.3.3 Feedback
  • 6 Conclusion
  • 7 References, pictures and video clips
    • 7.1 References
    • 7.2 Pictures
    • 7.3 Video clips