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For Your Repository Viewing Pleasure: The University of Jyväskylä Finnish Folk Tunes Collection

Jyväskylä, Finland  Traditional music is often a grassroots map of the culture and heritage of which it is a part. Folk music can be informal, unpublished and passed from generation to generation as part of oral traditions. The unique University of Jyväskylä Finnish Folk Tunes collection, part of the Jyväskylä University Digital Archive powered by DSpace, consists of about 9000 folk tune transcriptions that were published between the years 1898-1933, before recording technology was available. 

Most of these transcriptions with notation, key, meter, place of collection, lyrics, and collector are freely available online as the Digital Archive of Finnish Folk Tunes ( The collection consists of five main subcollections: 1) Spiritual Folk Songs, 2) Folk songs, 3) Folk dances, 4) Rune Songs, 5) Kantele- ja jouhikko Tunes.

The Finnish Folk Tunes collection is musically comprehensive and thoroughly documented. It is nationally important, but will be of interest to international music lovers and folklore researchers.

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Submitted by Carol Minton Morris on Wed, 2012-12-19 11:44