The Kantele Traditions of Finland

by Carl Rahkonen


Submitted to the Graduate School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy in Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Folklore Institute, Indiana University. Bloomington, Indiana December 1989


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Abstract and Acknowledgements   



I. The Kantele as Folklore, Symbol and  Musical Instrument     

II. A Brief History of the Kantele

III. Kantele Building Traditions

            3.1  Carved Kanteles

            3.2  Box Kanteles

            3.3  Modern Kanteles

IV. Kantele Playing Traditions

            4.1  Carved Kantele Playing

            4.2  Folk Music Playing

                        4.2.1  Perho River Valley Style

                        4.2.2  Saarijärvi Style

                        4.2.3  Haapavesi Style 

                        4.2.4  Individual Styles

            4.3  Art Music Playing

            4.4  Popular and "New Traditional" Music Playing

V. On the Concept of Tradition




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