Swedish-born Oskar Lindberg held posts as teacher and organist in Stockholm for the whole of his working life. At the same time as keeping up with the latest compositional trends he was deeply affected by folk music, and this interest is reflected in Gammal fäbodpsalm från Dalarna
(‘Old Cattle Pasture Hymn from Dalarna’). The fäbodpsalms
were traditionally sung by the women as they tended the cattle and sheep way up in the mountains at their summer pasture. The tune in Lindberg’s version, one of the most famous, is a haunting and melancholy tune from his native region of Dalarna. It is set against a gorgeously rich chordal background.
from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2002