100 Kaba-Bagpipes “Bela sûm, bela, yunache” from The Magic of Rhodopa Mountain (Balkanton 2007) —This show is all about folk rhythms in Bulgaria. Oddly, this tune is unmetered -"no beat" = "parlando rubato"Buy it!
Alexander Raichev, gaïda “Bouenek” from Bulgarian Folk Dances (Gega New 1996) —2/4, even timeBuy it!
Kostadin Varimezov “Trite pati” from Folk Rhythms from Bulgaria (Balkanton) —2/4, even - all dances called "trite Pûti" are in this rhythmBuy it!
Vidin Folk Orchestra “Shira” from Gaiety Along the Danube (Sunrise Marinov www.sunrisebg.com 2009) —this is from the extreme northwest of Bulgaria, which has a lot of Romanian-dialect speakers. All Shira tunes are in 2/4, but they can be very syncopatedBuy it!
Kostadin Atanasov “Graovska & Sitno Shopsko” from Sharena Gaïda (VD www.vvd-r.com 2008) —Graovska tunes are mostly in what could best be called 8/8, divided 3+3+2, even though the dance steps are executed in even time; many, as here, are followed by a very fast 2/4 in triplets (really 6/8, but the Bulgarians think of it as in 2/4)Buy it!
Boris Karlov “Trakijsko Horo 3” from Boris Karlov: Legend Of The Bulgarian Accordion (BMA Productions 2003) —This is the man who set the pravo style. Like all pravos, the "beat" is in 2/4 (and is usually notated that way in scores), but the notes, ornaments and syncopation put it in what most musicians would call fast 6/8.Buy it!
Traïcho Sinapov & Dimiter Paskov “Svatovsko Horo (matchmaker's horo)” from Horos and Rachenitsas (Balkanton (LP)) —another pravo horo, this time by the greatest accordion-clarinet duet ever to come out of Bulgaria, Traïcho Sinapov (accordion) and Dimiter ("the Tiger") Paskov, clarinetBuy it!
Horo ens. of Rusé “Koshovosko Horo” from Horo Orchestra (BHMC 7350) (Balkanton cassette 1989) —the north Bulgarian style "pravo horo". the band comes from Rusé on the Danube river. I'm not sure I have ever heard anything from this band that was slow...Buy it!
Anon. accordeon player “Kostensko Horo” from Folklore Dances Of Bulgaria (Folklore Adventures 1963) —this is a Païdushko = 5/8 divided 2+3. This is one of the classic recordings of Bulgarian music produced in the US by the late Dennis BoxellBuy it!
Delcho Mitev & Dimiter Milarov “Paidoushko Horo” from Bulgarian Folk Dances (Gega New 1996) —another Païdushko; dancers don't say it is in "5/8", they say there are 2 counts; one is just longer than the other...Buy it!
Nasha Pesen “Gyura Beli Belo Platno” from Nasha Pesen Ensemble, Bulgaria (Monitor (LP)) —this is a "concert dance" - it was not meant to be danced to, but is shows the païdushko rhythm wellBuy it!
Mariana Manoleva “Oj Devojche Belo Ta Tsurveno” from Sluntse Se Slega Da Zajde (VVD - Ruychev 2001) —we now go to the many kinds of 7/8 found in the Balkans. This is in slow 7/8 divided 3+2+2 = "lesno" or "shirto" in Bulgaria and MacedoniaBuy it!
Ivan Kirev “Panagyursko horo” from Bulgarian Folk Dances, Vol.1 (Balkanton 1998) —the same 3+2+2, but faster: this is usually called "chetvorno" farther north; in Pirin it has a number of local namesBuy it!
Nadia Evtimova “Magda” from Ogreyala Mesechina (ARA www.ara-bg.com) —here is the fast Pirin version of 3+2+2Buy it!
Nasha Pesen “Shopska Horovodna” from Nasha Pesen Ensemble, Bulgaria (Monitor (LP)) —now we reverse the rhythm to 2+2+3 ("slow")Buy it!
Ibro Lolov “Elenino Horo” from Chuchuligata (Milena Records 2001) —"eleno" rhythm (named after the song "Eleno Mome") is slow, slow, quick-slow. Some authorities say this is really in 13: 4+4+2+3, not 7/8 (2+2+3), which they say is Petrunino rhythmBuy it!
Horo ens. of Rusé “Petrovsko Elenino horo” from Horo Orchestra (BHMC 7245) (Balkanton (cassette) 1981) —another from this famous Danube river port town bandBuy it!
Petko Radev “Zetjovska Rachenitza” from Wedding Rejoicing (Balkanton 2001) —this is a relatively slow rûchentisa, probably from southern Thrace, here played by one of the better Bulgarian clarinetists, Petko RadevBuy it!
Velichka Zlateva “Rada's Mother Was Speaking To Her (Brestak, Rûchenitsa)” from Bulgarian Folk Dances 2 (Balkanton 1998) —another slow Rûchenitsa, this one in 3-measure phrasesBuy it!
Ibro Lolov & Band “Novoselska Rachenica” from Bulgarian Folk Dances (Empire 2003) —a fast Rûchenitsa from the northwestBuy it!
Kostadin Atanasov “Gaydine sviryat-horo se vie” from Sharena Gaïda (VD www.vvd-r.com 2008) —slow 9/8 - so-called "svornato" in the Rodop mountains, divided 2+2+2+3Buy it!
Mariana Manoleva “Ne Si Go Prodavaj Koljo Chifliko” from Sluntse Se Slega Da Zajde (VVD - Ruychev 2001) —an even mid-speed 9/8, also divided 2+2+2+3 - here a Dzhinguritsa from PirinBuy it!
Angel Vangelov & Yanko Kolev, accordions “Makedonski Vihur” from Bulgarian Folk Dances (Gega 1996) —this is an old-fashioned recording of the popular "devetorka" done in Pirin, also 2+2+2+3. In some villages it is called "Shareni Chorapi" after a famous song in the rhythm, or even "pravo"Buy it!
Boris Karlov “Dajčovo horo (1A)” from Boris Karlov: Legend Of The Bulgarian Accordion (BMA Productions 2003) —the most famous Daïchovo tune ever. Whereas the devetorka is 2+2+2+1+2, daichovo is in 2+2+2+2+1Buy it!
Ibro Lolov “Daichovo Horo” from Chuchuligata (Milena Records 2001)Buy it!
Horo ens. of Rusé “Koichovata - daïchovo horo” from Horo Orchestra (BHMC 7350) (Balkanton cassette 1989)Buy it!
Argirov, Kostadinova, Tzvetkova “Pitat me, Mamo (They Ask Me, Mum)” from Bulgarian Folk Dances 2 (Balkanton 1998) —this is in 9/8 divided 2+3+2+2Buy it!
Maria i Magdalena Filatovi “Shto mi e milo em drago” from Pirinska Hubost (Payner ww.payner.bg 2009) —another in 2+3+2+2. a popular song in former Yugoslavian MacedoniaBuy it!
Didi Kushleva “Pazardzhik Kopanitsa” from 7/8 ... and something more (Zen Electronics 2005) —for a brief moment in the middle of this piece, she plays an old, slow, gankino melody, but then switches back into rapid mode. Gankino/Kopanitsa is in 11/8: 2+2+3+2+2Buy it!
ork. Edelvaïs “Magdaleno Mome (Kopanitsa)” from Wedding's songs and Dances 3 (Sunrise Marinov www.sunrisebg.com 2002) —another Kopanitsa, somewhat more danceable than the precedingBuy it!
Traïcho Sinapov & Dimiter Paskov “Gankino horo” from Bulgarski Narodni pesni hora i Ruchenitsi (Balkanton (LP)) —there will be a workshop in Bulgarian dance with noted French-Canadian folklorist Yves Moreau. This is not a High-powered "Master Class", but just fun and a good way to move your feet to good music. Call 314-726-5737 for detailsBuy it!
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