Icelandic descendants of Vikings singing a hymn in a German train station. They totally need to be on the next Thor soundtrack.
Oh man oh man oh man. 6 guys, and it FILLS THE SPACE. Luck of the architecture - and they know how to pull it off. Nothing is easy making vocal music in a space not built for it. I want to do this kind of thing - randomly perform multipart harmony in public spaces.
And it reminds me of Bjork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiN_YTyaNtI
My god this is beautiful.
Oh my god, the bass voice is superb.
This makes me feel so many things. Gods, it’s gorgeous and so evocative and wow. I need to find out what hymn this is.
Let’s just talk about that tenor though. OH MAN. Wow. Wow. I just. I can’t even. The harmonies are just perfect. And. I can’t. Life. Wow. So good. There is nothing sexier than a man who can sing, and who enjoys doing it… wow.
my heart just stopped
what is this wetness on my face?
so so beautiful!
It’s Heyr Himna Smiður composed in the Middle Ages, but the lyrics are from the 1800s.
Other way around actually. The lyrics are probably from 1208, but the music was written by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson. I’m not sure when the music was composed but Þorkell was born 1938 (the poem has been sung to different music before though).
The lyrics were written by Kolbeinn Tumason, a goði with great secular power who helped to install Guðmundur Arason as bishop with the intention of using him as a puppet. When Guðmundur turned out to favor things like service to poor people over redirecting church power toward supporting the aristocracy, Kolbeinn assembled a party and tried to kill him. In the ensuing battle, Kolbeinn got smashed in the face with a rock. He is believed to have written this poem immediately afterward; it addresses God (Himna smiðr ‘heaven’s creator’) and begs Him to heal him. He died.
For more beautiful Icelandic musical brilliance with a funny backstory, see also Ó Mín Flaskan Fríða (‘O My Beautiful Bottle’), a hymn for the Virgin Mary rewritten into the world’s most solemn drinking song.