Danish Music

Denmark is a country that has for long been at the core and the center of most cultural innovations.

The folk traditions have been kept alive in the capital of Denmark, which is Copenhagen and its multiple outlying islands. Copenhagen and the islands have a wide range of folk traditions.

At the same time, on the other hand, an active and extensive recording industry in Denmark has been responsible for producing pop stars and an array of performers who belong to a vast multitude of genres.

Danish music has for a very long time been dominated by the strong and famous fiddle and accordion duo. This is similar to the trend that is predominant in most other of Denmark's northern neighbors in Scandinavia.

A very important difference between the trends and traditions followed in Denmark and its Scandinavian neighbors is however that the Danish fiddlers almost always play in groups.

Hence there is no existing tradition of virtuoso fiddle players performing in solo performances.

The Danish bands also have the tendency of featuring the guitar much more prominently than the other Nordic countries. This is a trend, which has been especially more predominant in recent years.

The Fiddle and accordion duos that play Danish music generally play simple rhythmic Danish dance music. The oldest variety of the dance music is called pols. This dance music form is now mostly found on Fan.

But the contemporary dance form of Danish music also includes even smaller variety like sønderhoning from Sonderho. It is from Sønderho that a family of widely respected musicians has descended: Søren Lassen Brinch and his descendents.

Another popular dance form of the Danish music is from Fanø. It is called fanik. But Danish dance music also includes its own versions of polka waltz schottisch, trekanter, firtur, tretur and rheinlænder.

This wide range of Danish music clearly displays the multicultural influences that Danish music has imbibed from Germany, Poland, Austria, Bohemia, Sweden, England and Norway.