Music of Iceland


Icelandic music is related to Nordic music forms, and includes vibrant folk and pop traditions, including singer Björk and Sigur Rós. The only folk band whose recordings are available abroad is Islandica.

Traditional Icelandic music is strongly religious in character. Hallgrímur Pétursson wrote numerous Protestant hymnsin the 17th century. This music was further modernized in the 19th century, when Magnús Stephensen brought pipe organs, which were followed by harmoniums

Icelandic folk music was collected by the work of Bjarni Þorsteinsson from 1906 to 1909. Many of these songs were accompanied by traditional instruments like the langspil and fiðla. Epic alliterative and rhyming ballads called rímur are another vital tradition of Icelandic music.




  • (cordofoni) langspil fiðla

  • (aerofoni)

  • (ancia libera)

  • (membranofoni)

  • (idiofoni)

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