Viking-themed music composer demonstrates instruments

Einar Selvik is a Norwegian musician who leads the Wardruna project, which creates modern folk music using ancient Nordic spiritual concepts and instruments. vikingscomposer Trevor Morris tapped Selvik to contribute to the soundtrack for the History series, which explores similar themes of Old Norse history and spirituality.

Selvik even appeared on the show performing his compositions, which add authenticity and historical context to the show.

Selvik stopped by the TVGuide.com office to show off some of the instruments he uses to vikings: the bukkehorn, the tagelharpa and the lyre.

The bukkehorn is a horn in both senses of the word – a musical instrument made from the horn of a goat – that creates a mournful sound perfect for funeral scenes. The tagelharpa is the oldest Scandinavian bowed instrument. It’s a primitive and difficult instrument with three horsehair strings, but Selvik makes it sing. The lyre is a small harp that Selvik frequently uses for sheet music and has played on screen.

Watch the video to see how it all comes together to create vikings‘ haunting theme music.

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For more Selvik music, check out Wardruna on iTunes.

vikings airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on History.

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