The Wandering Ballad – Song no. 10: Skön Anna

This is the tenth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. Skön Anna (Sweden) is the same ballad as Skön Anna (Finland) with another melody variant. I found this melody in the database made available online by Svenskt Visarkiv. Here you can access handwritten music noted down and collected by this institution through the ages. It has been scanned and mace accessible, a veritable treasure for all who are on the lookout for traditional Swedish music. Here you can find not only ballads and songs, but a vast number of instrumental tunes as well. Skön Anna, like Les Tristes Noces and Fair Annie tell the sad story of the beautiful young Anna who is whisked away by

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