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Bulgaria

Various Artists
Bulgaria

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.

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

Track Listing

101
Ocarina Solo Velko Karnichev 1:37
102
Kaval Solo Iordan Todorov 2:35
103
Bagpipe Solo Stoian Petrov 4:43
104
Song for the Hayduk Georgi Radanski 5:41
105
Harvest Song n/a 1:54
106
Lazarus Day Song n/a 2:07
107
Lazarus Day Song n/a 1:46
108
Harvest Song Sofika and Trendafila Liessichkovi 1:21
109
Harvest Song n/a 3:18
110
Evening Song n/a 4:16
111
Dances from Russalia Schain Kurtov 2:49
112
Tambura Solo Ivan Katierinin 2:04
113
High Song n/a 1:16
114
Bagpipe Solo Stefan Zakhmanov 3:46
115
Kaval Solo Kansho Tonev 3:07
116
Christmas Song n/a 1:54
117
Slow Melody Ianka Rupkin, Stoian Vielichkov 4:02
118
Gadulka Solo Nedko Petrov 2:06

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