Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Frode Fjellheim
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Boosey & Hawkes
Edition:   48004923
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   Accompanied


Jonathan Kopplin
Richfield High School 2012
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Frode Fjellhim is a Norwegian musician who specializes in the yoik tradtion of the Sami people. The Sami are an indigenous culture of the northern areas of Scandinavia and Russia. A yoik is a style of chanting that sounds very similar to Native American chants. The text does not have specific meaning or translation, but is meant to represent a person or emotion.

When introducing the piece, I have sung the chant to my students, and asked them to attempt to guess the culture of origin. The answers are often quite varied, but one year I had a Swedish foreign exchange student that accurately guessed the song’s origin. Early in the process, I feel it is important to teach the melodic motives from rote as it would be taught among the Sami people. Also, although the piece is voiced for an SSA ensemble, the nature of the composition and many like it, make it very adaptable for a variety of ensembles: men, high school mixed, even junior high.