A beautiful old Danish traditional song that I have always loved.
If I knew a female Danish singer here in iCompositions I would have left the singing to her. But I don't. So you will have to settle with me.
This song is so old that noone knows who wrote it. Lyrics are first time recorded in 1864 by who is now believed to be the author Fritz Andersen.
I have myself written the piano solo and the choir part.
The Danish world famous jazz bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (who we all miss now) made it famous again in his legendary version where the melody is played on the double bass. Here recorded with Kenny Drew on piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PWEocxtcmM
And the younger generation of Danish jazz musicians keep this version alive. Here with Chris Minh Doky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rPruSoz7k0
And this Norwegian singer Sissel sings beautifully in Danish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0MCuVgFO2A
I have provided the lyrics in Danish and a translation to English.
Should a Danish/Scandinavian singer pop up, I would love to re-publish it with a female voice.
EDIT EDIT: My dear Canadian friend Stan Loh heard this and wrote English lyrics for the song and sings it. Don't miss is. http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=181363
Artists: Kenneth Lavrsen
Lyrics: Fritz Andersen
Published: 30 Apr 2012
I Skovens Dybe Stille Ro Danish Traditional Song Music: Unknown Lyrics: Assumed to be Fritz Andersen who published it in 1864 but it is not confirmed that he actually wrote it
I skovens dybe, stille ro, hvor sangerhære bo, hvor sjælen lytted mangen gang til fuglens glade sang; der er idyllisk stille fred i skovens ensomhed, og hjertets længsler tie her, hvor fred og hvile er.
Hør! landsbyklokken lyder ned, bebuder aftenfred, småfuglen, før den går til blund, end kvidrer lidt en stund; i mosen kvækker højt en frø, stærkt damper mark og sø; nu klokken tier - aftenens fred sig stille sænker ned.
English Translation (using 's form to match better the Danish text) In the forests's deep quiet tranquility
In the forests's deep quiet tranquility where the singer armies dwell, where the soul listened many a time to the bird's happy song; there is idyllic quiet peace in the forest's solitude, and the heart's longings are quiet here where peace and rest are.
Hear! village bell sounds down announcing evening peace the small bird before it goes to nap, it is twittering another moment; in the bog croaks highly a frog, strongly steams field and lake; now the bell silences - the evening's peace quietly lowers itself down.