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.Buy it!
Kamchia Orchestra “Solnishki Buenik” from Bulgarian Sunrise Folklore - Muzika ot izvora (SM (Surise Marinov) 2003) —The Buenek is mostly done in the East of Bulgaria, almost esclusively by women. The steps are quite simple, and many are ritual dances.Buy it!
Kostadin Varimezov “Trite pati” from Folk Rhythms from Bulgaria (Balkanton) —Trite Pûti is a dance found in several variations across northeastern Bulgaria. This is a very fast version, by Bulgarias most famous bagpiper of the late 20th century.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Misha Gyurov “Pravo Trakijsko” from Folklore Dances Of Bulgaria (Folklore Adventures) —We now start dances the Bulgarians describe being in 2/4, but are played in triplets, as if in 6/8. This "classic" performer was a distant relative of the famous, ground-breaking Boris Karlov.Buy it!
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 concertoBuy it!
Traïcho Sinapov & Dimiter Paskov “Pravo Pazardzhishko Horo” from Horos and Rachenitsas (Balkanton (LP)) —my favorite Bulgarian duo of all time, these guys play as one. This also shows that not all pravos were slow...Buy it!
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 accBuy it!
Traïcho Sinapov & Dimiter Paskov “Pernishko Horo” from Bulgariski Narodni Hora i Rûchenitsi (BHA 1578) (Balkanton (LP)) —Another blisteringly fast pravo by this Dynamic DuoBuy it!
Boris Karlov “Trakijsko Horo 3” from Boris Karlov: Legend Of The Bulgarian Accordion (BMA Productions 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 availBuy it!
Ibro Lolov “Radomirsko horo” from Virtuozo-Folk Dances of Bulgaria CD (Vitality Music, Ltd. 2007) —this is Graovsko rhythm, divided 3+3+2 (syncopated to 2+1+2+1+2)Buy it!
Instr. Gr. “Païdushko Horo” from Bulgarian Folk Instruments and tunes (BHA 340) (Balkanton (LP)) —this starts the Païdushko set; this rhythm is always in 5/8 divided 2+3. In neighboring countries this is sometimes called the "limping" rhythm - the Romanians even call it "ghimpele"!Buy it!
Delcho Mitev & Dimiter Milarov “Paidoushko Horo” from Bulgarian Folk Dances (Gega New 1996)Buy it!
Orkestur Philippopolis “Pajdushko Horo” from New Renaissance In Bulgarian Folk Music ((self, Petur Iliev, producer) 1996) —with jazz elements thrown in, but danceable.Buy it!
Tatiana Sârbinska “Mori Ezh se zheni” from Katerino Mome (MK Balkanton) —a mix of unmetered and 5/8 - this is a song and not meant to be danced to.Buy it!
Mariana Manoleva “Oj Devojche Belo Ta Tsurveno” from Sluntse Se Slega Da Zajde (VVD - Ruychev 2001) —This begins 7/8 meter. There are 3 basic ways this is played; this is 3+2+2 and slowBuy it!
Ivan Kirev “Панагюрско хоро” from Фолклорни Бисери (Balkanton (cassette)) —3+2+2, but fast, is called "chetvorno"Buy it!
Kosta Kolev “Petrouna's Ring Dance” from Kosta Kolev BHA 1323- Bulgaria (Balkanton (LP)) —slow, but 2+2+3 is Patrunino. Some Eleno Mome renditions in this, also, but that leads to arguements...Buy it!
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 songBuy it!
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.Buy it!
Roumen Sirakov, tambura, with orch. cond. Emil Kolev “Graovska Rûchenitsa” from Horos and Ruchenitsas (BHA 10891) (Balkanton (LP))Buy it!
Radolyubie Harmonica quartet “Leonova Rûchenitsa” from Radolyubie harmonica quartet of Assenovgrad (Balkanton 1985) —that's right - all the instruments you hear are harmonicasBuy it!
Ibro Lolov & Band “Novoselska Rachenica” from Bulgarian Folk Dances (Empire 2003) —Novo Selo is up in the Northwest where they play everything faster...Buy it!
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 differentlyBuy it!
Orkestur Philippopolis “Dzhanguritsa” from New Renaissance In Bulgarian Folk Music ((self, Petur Iliev, producer) 1996)Buy it!
Mariana Manoleva “Zheni se sine (9/8)” from Peite, peite mili druzhki (ввд-Руйчев www.vvd-r.com) —one of the favorite rhythms of Pirin Bulgaria (= the southwest)Buy it!
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 = 11/8Buy it!
Ibro Lolov “Ihtimanska Kopanitsa” from Chuchuligata (Milena Records 2001)Buy it!
Orkestur Philopopolis “Krivo horo” from New Renaissance in Bulgarian Folk Music ((self produced)) —a jazz version of a rhythm in 13/8Buy it!
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