Carl Rahkonen's Kantele Site

Lecturing on the kantele at the 2007 FinnFest in Ashtabula, Ohio

I began research for a doctoral dissertation on the Finnish kantele in 1982.  On this site I make that dissertation available.  For a more concise and scholarly approach, I refer the reader to my kantele and gusli articles published in the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.


Carl Rahkonen   Read my thoughts in a 2004 interview with Lani K. Thompson

Table of Contents:
The Kantele Traditions of Finland
Note: Only the text;  Illustrations will be added later.
Quick link to: Kantele History


The Finnish kantele
The Estonian kannel
Karelian kannel
Russian gusli
Baltic Psaltery Symposia
Baltic Psaltery Bibliography

Some related sites:
Hannu Saha's kantele article
Kanteleliitto (Finnish kantele society) in Finnish
Kantele builder Gerry Luoma Henkel
Koistinen Kantele
Jussi Laasanen (Master kantele and fiddle maker in Finland)
Zhoukov and Maraev kantele site
Russian gusli
Lani K. Thompson's site
Ancient Lithuanian Kankles

Note:  This site is still under construction.  More will be coming in the future.

Page created and maintained by Carl Rahkonen.  2003-   Last modified 4/30/13
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