The HFAA offers hard-to-find books about the fiddle tradition,
famous fiddlers, and transcriptions of tunes for the Hardanger fiddle.
We also have Hardanger fiddle instruction manuals.
To order, download the order
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item number found at the end of each item description. Note the
prices for members and for non-members.
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Knut Buen's Telemarkspel
By Loretta Kelley. Buen Kulturverkstad, 1990. 36 pp., 15 photos.
containing transcriptions of all 24 tunes on Knut Buen’s
instructional MP3 Telemarkspel (available
separately online). The MP3 contains Knut’s performances
of hardingfele tunes of varying difficulty, from beginner to
advanced. The booklet
also contains information on each tune and a complete explanation
of the notational system
for hardingfele music. Member price: $17 / Non-members: $20 [M013].
Mellom vener: Slåttar av Lars Skjervheim (Among
Friends: Tunes by Lars Skjervheim)
Spelarhaugen Folkemusikk, 1988.
Booklet containing transcriptions
for 21 vals, reinlender, springar, and rull
tunes all composed by Lars Skjervheim (1915- ) from Vossestrand
in Western Norway. Skjervheim is the greatest living fiddler
from the older generation of
Voss fiddlers. The accompanying cassette (sold separately,
see Recordings section) features
Skjervheim and friends performing tunes from the booklet.
Member price: $14 / Nonmembers:
By Arne Bjørndal
First published in Bergen in 1922. This
edition, a photo-offset of the original,
was printed in 1978 by the Voss Spelemannslag on the 150th
anniversary of Ola
Mosafinn’s birth. 148 pp., 25 photographs, in Norwegian.
This is the definitive biography
of one of Norway's greatest fiddlers of the last century,
written by Western Norway's
greatest folk music researcher and writer. Member price:
$17 / Non-members: $20 [M009].[This title is currently out of stock.]
Ord og tonar: Per Berge 85 år (Words
and Music: In Honor of Per Berge's 85th Birthday)
Published by Voss Spelemannslag, 1972.
Includes five transcriptions
of traditional Voss springar, rull and bridal tunes
as played by Per Berge, transcribed by
Sigbjørn B. Osa. Text (in Norwegian) is a short
biography of Per Berge, the last fiddler of
his time who still played the old style of Ola Mosafinn
(according to Sigbjørn Osa). See
also the accompanying cassette, Per
Berge 100 års minne.
14 pp., 3 photos. Member price: $8
/ Non-members: $9 [M007]. [This title is currently out of stock.]
Mjukt og fint du: Nils J. Borge (1892-1992) 100 års
minne (Supple and Fine:
Nils J. Borge 100th Anniversary)
Published by Voss Spelemannslag, 1992.
short biography of a great fiddler from Vossestrand in Western
transcriptions of eight of Borge’s most-played
tunes. The accompanying cassette (offered
contains 15 tunes, recorded by Borge in 1954 and 1912, seven
of which are transcribed in the booklet. 21 pp., 12 photographs.
In Norwegian. Member price: $10 / Non-members:
$12 [M006]. [Currently out of stock.]
History of the Hardanger Fiddle Association of America (1983 -
By Carl T. Narvestad, 1994
A 64-page account of the first
10 years of the organization.
Includes the beginnings
of the association and past annual meeting
Some photos included. Member price: $5 / Non-members: $7
Anund Roheim Commemorative Issue of Telesoga,
the publication of Telelaget of America
commemorating the great Norwegian-American hardingfele player
Anund Roheim, of Black Eagle, Montana/Bø,
Telemark. Contains articles about his life and
music. Members: $3 / Non-members: $3.50 [M015].
By Vidar Lande, 1984.
resource containing transcriptions of 124 tunes from the core repertory
of Otto Furholt,
greatest fiddler and tradition bearer of southern Agder county.
comes from Vegusdal, and plays many little-known tunes, both
gangars and springars,
from there and the neighboring areas of Herefoss and Mykland.
About half of his repertory,
however, consists of traditional Setesdal gangar tunes. Vidar’s
transcriptions are easy
to read. Includes information on the source of each tune plus
cross-references to other
tune variants. Softcover, 264 pp., published by Kristiansand
Spelemannslag. Members: $24 / Non-members: $28 [M017]. [Currently out of stock.]
(with accompanying CDs)
Bernt Balchen Jr.’s home
study course is especially recommended for the beginning player.
The three manuals, with their
accompanying CDs, present
basic information about the hardingfele.
Bernt Balchen’s Course for Beginners
in Hardanger Fiddle
(35 pages) and CD. Contains transcriptions of 20 tunes, both
bygdedans (springar, gangar, etc.) from various districts, a
chapter on note reading, practice hints, and a diagram for
stringing the instrument. The
CD contains Balchen’s performance of the tunes
from the manual plus verbal comments.
Includes waltz, springar, wedding march, vossarull, halling,
mazurka and pols.
Member price: $10 / Non-members: $15 [M002].
from Bernt Balchen, Jr. (Two-in-One Manual)
(35 pages) and CD. Contains two sections: “Introduction
Maintenance and Playing Technique,” 23 pages of discussion
on the physics and characteristics
of the hardingfele, maintenance, and playing technique, plus
diagrams; and “Popular Tunes for the Hardingfele,” transcriptions
of 10 well-known
gammeldans and bygdedans tunes (Urheimen, Hølje Plassen,
Bruremarsj fra Seljord, etc.)
from various districts. The CD contains Balchen’s performances
of the tunes. Member
price: $12.50 / Non-members: $17.50 [M003].
13 More Popular Tunes for the Norwegian Hardanger
Manual (15 pages) and CD. Transcriptions
of 13 gammeldans and bygdedans tunes from
various districts, plus information about the tunes and ornamentation.
The CD contains
performances of the tunes by Balchen and various other fiddlers,
plus Balchen’s extensive
comments on the special characteristics of hardingfele music and
information about the
individual tunes on the CD. Member price: $10 / Non-members: