Eva Alkula, kantele player | A kantele or kannel is a traditional plucked string instrument of the zither family native to Finland, Estonia, and Karelia. It is related to the Russian gusli the Latvian kokle and the Lithuanian kankles. Together these instruments make up the family known as Baltic psalteries. The oldest forms of kantele have 5 or 6 horsehair strings and a wooden body carved from one piece. From melodiasoitin.co.uk

Kantele, an ancient string instrument of the zither family and a Finnish national instrument, an important part of the Kalevala mythologies

Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. The core of Sibelius's oeuvre is his set of seven symphonies. Like Beethoven, Sibelius used each successive work to further develop his own personal compositional style. His works continue to be performed frequently in the concert hall and are often recorded.

Jean Sibelius – was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

Singing the Kalevala: often done in pairs, holding hands, an ancient tradition.Finnish rune singers sat face to face and held each other's hands.They also moved their bodies sync with the song.

my-ear-trumpet: “ stormyseastotremblingtrees: “ “These two Finns are singing the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. While singing they swing their bodies backward and forward. Often the singers.

The composer Feodor Pratsu plays the jouhikko in Koirinoja, Karelia, 1916. Photo by A. O. Väisänen. The jouhikko is a traditional Finnish and Karelian music instrument,

The composer Feodor Pratsu plays the jouhikko in Koirinoja, Karelia, Photo by A. The jouhikko is a traditional Finnish and Karelian music instrument,

Kalevala "Sävelmä"

Ancient Finnish Kalevala melody by kantele

Nuuttipukki - Finland

Eastern European and European shaman rituals still practiced today. From Wilder Mann by Charles Fréger

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) - Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. Photo by Yousuf Karsh, 1945

Jean Sibelius - Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. Photo by Yousuf Karsh, 1945

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