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Scandinavia (composition)

Single by Van Morrison
from the album Beautiful Vision
A-side "Scandinavia"
B-side "Dweller on the Threshold"
Released June 1982
Recorded May 1981
Genre instrumental rock
Length 6:41
Label Mercury
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"Cleaning Windows"
"Cry For Home"
Beautiful Vision track listing
"Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell"

"Scandinavia" is an instrumental composition by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and is the closing track on his 1982 album Beautiful Vision.

The track was the first instrumental Morrison released and would be followed by many others throughout his 1980s career. It has been performed in concert only a few times. Morrison played the composition on 3 April 1982 at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany and was broadcast on Rockpalast in Germany and the BBC in the UK.[1]

It was recorded at the first recording session for the Beautiful Vision album and was the only track from this session that would be used on the album. The musicians featured differed from the other tracks on the finished album and had appeared with Morrison at the Great American Music Hall in March 1981.[2] Morrison played piano on this instrumental.

The composition was nominated in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for the 25th Annual Grammy Awards.[3]

It was used throughout the 1993 BBC documentary 40 Minutes.[4]



  1. ^ Collis. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, pp.236-237
  2. ^ Heylin. Can You Feel the Silence?, p.369
  3. ^ "Rock on the Net: 25th Annual Grammy Awards-1983". rockonthenet. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ Brooks. In Search of Van Morrison, p.95


  • Brooks, Ken (1999), In Search of Van Morrison, Andover, Hampshire: Agenda, ISBN 1-899882-95-2
  • Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 1-55652-542-7
  • Collis, John (1998), Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, London: Warner Books, ISBN 0-7515-2068-3
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