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Bulgaria CD

Bulgaria CD

  • $1529


Musicologists note that the rich tradition of Bulgarian folk music can be divided into seven distinct regional styles, all of which are represented on this recording. The mountainous region of Pirin, for example, features epic songs dedicated to the hayduti, a group that fought against Ottoman occupation. Another example is the group of four diaphonic harvest songs from the Shope region of southwest Bulgaria, sung exclusively by women vocal groups. The detailed liner notes describe all seven regions. Instruments featured and found throughout Bulgaria include the gajda, a goatskin bagpipe; various flutes; the tambura, a long-necked fretted lute; and the gadulka, a three- or four-stringed fiddle.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being re-released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

1. Ocarina Solo - 1:37
2. Kaval Solo - 2:35
3. Bagpipe Solo - 4:43
4. Song for the Hayduk - 5:41
5. Harvest Song - 1:54
6. Lazarus Day Song - 2:07
7. Lazarus Day Song - 1:46
8. Harvest Song - 1:21
9. Harvest Song - 3:18
10. Evening Song - 4:16
11. Dances from Russalia - 2:49
12. Tambura Solo - 2:04
13. High Song - 1:16
14. Bagpipe Solo - 3:46
15. Kaval Solo - 3:07
16. Christmas Song - 1:54
17. Slow Melody - 4:02
18. Gadulka Solo - 2:06


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