Trio Mediaeval’s Norwegian Christmas

December 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Norway’s Trio Mediaeval at NPR :

Christmas in Norway isn’t like Christmas here: The music is different, says Torunn Ostrem Ossum, and so are some of the basic Christmas traditions.

There’s no Santa Claus in Norway. Instead, Ossum says, they have several kinds of nisse — Christmas gnomes, you might say — including the Barn-nisse, who comes on Christmas Eve to eat porridge.

And if you don’t leave the porridge, Ossum explains, this little gnome might get angry. Then there’s the Julenisse: “He comes on Christmas Eve with the presents,” Ossum says.

Trio Mediaeval sings Christmas songs old and new. Sometimes, they’re both at once — music that’s ancient and traditional, but wrapped in modern arrangements, like “Song of Mary,” arranged for the group by one of its friends, the Norwegian folk singer Tone Krohn.

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