Rasmus Storm's Notebook

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Rasmus Storm's Notebook is a handwritten collection of tunes written in the 1760s by Rasmus Storm. It is one of the earliest and most important collections of Danish traditional music. Storm was a Danish fiddler and dancing master (teacher) born in 1733 on the Island of Funen. He was the son of an indentured peasant and worked as an assistant to a merchant. He began compiling his tunebook around 1760, but it is unknown where he learned the tunes. Among the tunes are minuets, polskas, bourrées, marches and rigaudons – as well as otherwise unknown dance types such as "dantz" and "serras" and several folk melodies. Today the notebook is kept by the Danish Ethnological collection.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Koudal, Jens Henrik . Rasmus Storms nodebog. En fynsk tjenestekarls dansemelodier o. 1760. København 1987; 2. edition 1997. ISBN 87-980636-7-7.
  2. ^ http://www.andyhornby.net/Music/Rasmus%20Storm.pdf
  3. ^ Koudal, Jens Henrik. 1993. Ethnomusicology and Folk Music Research in Denmark. Yearbook for Traditional Music Vol. 25, Musical Processes in Asia and Oceania, pp. 100-125
  4. ^ Nielsen, Bent Christian. Review of Koudal 1987 "Rasmus Storm's nodebog" Ethnomusicology. Vol. 32, No. 3 (Autumn, 1988), pp. 482