Music from the Hills (Music)
With John Uhlemann
Sun Jul 14th 2013 4.00pm–6.00pm
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Time zone: central
100 Kaba-Bagpipes “Bela sûm, bela, yunache”
from The Magic of Rhodopa Mountain (Balkanton 2007) —This show is devoted to Bulgarian dance rhythms. Rather than trying to get them all in, I am only doing the most common ones that are still done, and using older renditions. I am beginning, perversely, with an unmetered song.
Folk Artists “Kamenopolsko (FK2)”
from Anthology of Folklore Music vol. 2 Bulgaria and Macedonia (Syncoop-Folkraft 1998) —This comes from the central north and shows Romanian influences, with lots of crossing steps.
Folk Band Cond. By At. Vulchev “Kraydunavsko Horo”
from Festive Bulgarian Folk Dances Horos And Ruchenitsas (Varna sound) —The last of the "straight" 2/4 time dances in this set is from the northwest Vlach territories. Most people in that area, where there are a lot of Romanian/Vlach people, would call this a Shira.
Petko Radev - Clarinet & Petko Dachev - Accordion “Izvorsko Horo”
from Bulgarian Folk Songs And Dances (Gega New 2000) —the beautiful clarity of this clarinetist's technique comes from classical training and, indeed, he left his folk music career to devote himself at the end of his life to playing on the concert stage. His specialty was the Mozart concerto
Ivan Boychev (Violon) & Orchestra “Praznichno Horo (Festive Horo)”
from Festive Bulgarian Folk Dances Horos And Ruchenitsas (Varna sound) —another moderate speed Pravo, here played on "tsigulka" (violin) - very few recordings from the Socialist period in Bulgaria featured violin; the authorities thought the more "Bulgarian" gadulka was more appropriate for folk music, but this player was acc
Boris Karlov “Trakijsko Horo 3”
from Boris Karlov: Legend Of The Bulgarian Accordion (BMA Productions www.bourque-moreau.com/ 2003) —we finish with another fast pravo by the Great Man himself, and father of the Bulgarian national style of accordion playing, Boris Karlov, who died prematurely of cellulitis during one of his tours. Thanks to Yves Moreau for making these recordings avail
Dafinka Damianova “Nasha Kera”
from Bulgarian Folk Songs And Dances- A Folklore Stroll Around Bulgaria (Sunrise Marinov www.sunrisebg.com 2007) —2+2+3, but faster - now we are getting into Rûchenitsa rhythm - this is quite slow for a rûchenitsa, as with this dance song
Stoyan Velichkov, kaval, & Bulgarian national radio ens., Kosta Kolev “Svatbarska Rûchenitsa”
from Horos and Ruchenitsas (BHA 10891) (Balkanton (LP)) —played here in studio style - this is a "listening piece", but can still be danced to.
Roumen Sirakov, tambura, with orch. cond. Emil Kolev “Graovska Rûchenitsa”
from Horos and Ruchenitsas (BHA 10891) (Balkanton (LP))
Georgi Takhov (Guitar) With Folk Band “Daychovo Horo”
from Festive Bulgarian Folk Dances Horos And Ruchenitsas (Varna sound) —this begins a set of dances all in 9/8 divided 2+2+2+3, but inflected differently
Rumen Sirakov-tambura “Vassilovska Kopanitsa”
from Musical Instruments in Bulgaria - Rumen sirakov - tambura (Gega New 2002) —This begins a short set of pieces in Kopanitsa (or Gankino) rhythm - 2+2+3+2+2 = 11/8
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