The Futhark Song: Teaching Collection

by Sassafrass

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The Futhark Song sets the Viking Runic Alphabet to the familiar tune of the Alphabet Song, with harmonies giving the names of the special Nordic characters. Two sets of harmonies present the piece first with a comfortable major key harmony, and then a haunting modal harmony.

This "Teaching Collection" contains the song, as well as all the materials you need to learn it, and to use it to teach yourself more about vocal harmony, and the Viking alphabet. Separate audio tracks isolate each harmony and combination of harmonies, so you can hear different mixes of each of the eight vocal lines.

Also included are downloadable a MIDI file of the song, plus PDF files of the sheet music, lyrics sheet, and five pages of original notes by the composer, discussing the history of the Futhark, the basics of modal music, and how modes are used in the Sundown cycle, both in the Futhark Song and in other pieces. (These notes also appear in the Libretto.) An EPUB version of the sheet music is also included, for use with e-readers.

All Sassafrass ebooks are DRM free.

This collection is a great start for anyone who wants to learn the piece, and especially for people who have never worked with modal music before and are interested in learning how it works.

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released September 16, 2013

Performers: Ada Palmer, Lauren Schiller and Alexa Weingarden and Alexandria Wilkie.

Photograph of Sassafrass performing the Futhark Song from Balticon (2013) taken by Brian Chin. From right to left the performers pictured are Kara (Hella), Sandry (Frigg), Tili (Modi), Emily (Baldur), Lauren (Odin) Saemund (Alessandro) Matt (Snorri Sturlson) and stage hands Bryan and Beecher.

Photograph of Ash wood by Philipp Zinger (2004).

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Sassafrass performs Ada Palmer's original a cappella polyphonic folk music, complex pieces with lively narratives and fantasy, mythology or science fiction themes.

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