Urban Performance of Ancient Icelandic Hymn
An 800 year old hymn composed by an Icelandic chieftain, Kolbeinn Tumason, was sung in a German subway last month. The performance was captured on video where the acoustics of the gothic transporte render the ancient song with astounding resonance. The performing group is called Árstíðir and further the juxtaposition of ancient and contemporary as they swig beers at the end of the chorus. The song, Heyr himna smiður, is said to be written on the death bed of Tumason after suffering a mortal wound in battle. A translation of the beautiful melody is included below.