Stev facts for kids
The different types of stev
There are different types of stev:
- gamle-stev or "gamlestev" is the oldest type. It is likely that gamle-stev were danced. The earliest gamle-stev have been found from around the end of the 1200's. Most gamle-stevs are from Setesdal and Vest-Telemark. Some gamle-stev may be part of folk songs. The gamle-stev is the only part of the folk song which was past down from generation to generation. The rest of the folk song is no longer known.
- ny-stev or "nystev" have probably been around since about year 1700. Most ny-stevs have been replaced by rural folksongs in Telemark, but not in Setesdal.
- om-kved or "omkved" are similar to refrains in ballads. Inn-stev, etter-stev, mellom-sleng and etter-sleng are different types of om-kved.
- slåtte-stev or "slåttestev" are instrumental dance songs.
- herme-stev or hermestev are often referred to as "parody-quote" stev. The contain apologetic proverbs (also known as Wellerisms).
The people who can perform stev
A person who can perform a stev, is known as a kveder ( a type of artist ). Aslak Brekke is possibly the most well known of those who have been recorded. A kveder from Setesdal, when performing stev, usually sings more slowly, than a kveder from Telemark. One reason for this may be that the text of Setesdal stev are usually more meditative (or elegiac).
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