BULGARIAN FOLK DANCES

In the Bulgarian folk tradition instrumental music performs a specific function - to accompany the horo dances played on Sundays or at public holidays in the village square. Each region in Bulgaria has its own preferences for the specific instruments and characteristic dances. In Dobroudja, for example, the typical horo dances Opas, Sborenka, Ruka, Tropanka, etc. are accompanied on kopanka, gaida (bagpipe), and in more recent times, by three concertina-, kopanka- and bagpipe-players. In the Pirin Mountains region the heavy horo dancing used to be accompanied on tamburas, tarambukas, or zurnas (in the southernmost parts). In Thrace the favourite instrument is the kaval.

BULGARIAN FOLK DANCES

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  • Track Listing

    [1] Balkandjiisko Horo - 7/16 2'41''

    [2] Slow Song and Drosaliisko Horo - unmeasured and 2/4 3'30''

    [3] Daichovo Horo - 9/16 3'02''

    [4] Bouenek - 2/4 3'13''

    [5] Makedonski Vihur - 9/16 3'09''

    [6] Pravo Shopsko Horo - 2/4 2'58''

    [7] Sashova Ruchenitsa – 7/16 2'30''

    [8] Bouchimish - 15/16 3'21''

    [9] Delchovo Horo - 2/4 4'25''

    [10] Humoresque - 4/4 4'42''

    [11] Tonina Ruchenitsa - 7/16 2'24''

    [12] Opas - 2/4 2'44''

    [13] Vretenarska Ruchenitsa - 7/16 2'59''

    [14] Topolovsko Horo - 2/4 3'12''

    [15] Paidoushko Horo - 5/16 2'43''

    [16] Yambolska Ruchenitsa - 7/16 2'58"

    [17] Kroushovensko Horo - 9/16 4'15''

    [18] Pravo Miziisko Horo - 2/4 3'18''

    DDD 58'50''

  • Performed by

    Krustyo Dimov (kaval), Angel Vangelov (accordion), Alexander Raichev (gaida and accordion), Yanko Kolev (accordion), Shopskata Groupa, Delcho Mitev (clarinet), Dimiter Milarov (accordion), Theodosii Spassov (kaval), Valentin Yankov (tambura), Dimiter Lavchev(gadulka), Georgi Petrov (gadulka), Dobroudjanska Troika - Dobrich, Ivan Boichev (violin)

    Accompanied by Orchestra, Sofia Brass Band
    Hristofor Radanov, conductor