read that the dulcimer is still in use in folk traditions in the Canary
Islands, Norway and Sweden ("Geblieben ist es noch in der Volksmusik
einiger Gebiete:Ostalpenraum... Norwegen, Mittelschweden, die Kanarischen
Inseln...", van der Meer, col. 1360).
van der Meer's letters do not mention his source for Norway, but Dräger
& Wünsch make the same claim, and since, as he says, "I
have not done any field-work, and my knowledge I took from the psaltery
and dulcimer collection of our museum and from Scientific literature"
(3), he may have taken the idea from them.
field-trips have traced no dulcimers, either in use or in museums, in
Norway, and Reidar Sevåg writes
and Walther Wünsch's mention of Hackbrett playing in Norway is
certainly wrong. They probably mix it up with the langeleik"
to Sweden stems from Norlind, according to whom dulcimer no. 1348, at
the Music Museum in Stockholm, is from Sweden, and
to this author ... the dulcimer was used in Dalarne and Härjedalen"
there is nothing suggest that there was any living tradition in Sweden
in the 20th century.
the dulcimer was known on the Canary Islands, is to be deferred from
no. 1486 in Mahillon's catalogue of the instruments of the Brussels
certainly suggests that the dulcimer was known in these parts at one
time, but these pre-war sources are scarcely grounds for saying that
"Geblieben ist es noch", 'it still survives'.