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This is a continuation of the series MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA. The previous albums featured tambura, zurna, wind orchestra and gaida. We are adding to this series an ancient instrument – gadulka, which has changed to a great extent the musical development in Europe.
Before the emergence of the first bowed string instrument of this kind, the Morin khuur or gusle, the peoples of ancient China, Egypt, India, Hellas, Rome, etc. had no knowledge of such an instrument, in spite of the richness and diversity of their musical culture. This landmark invention of the Bulgarian people (to produce a sound by rubbing a bow on a string, and in order to obtain different pitch tones – to place a finger on the string, i.e. by respectively shortening and extending it) changed to a great extent the musical development in Europe, Asia and North Africa.


  • Track Listing

    [1] Thracian Tunes – music Atanas Valchev 4:51

    [2] Shoppe mood– music Rossen Genkov, arr. Hristofor Radanov 2:43

    [3] Slow Song & Sborenka – arr. Kostadin Bouradjiev 4:14

    [4] My Grandfather’s Gadulka – music Angel Dobrev 4:46

    [5] Paidushko Horo – arr. Bojidar Petrov 3:07

    [6] Balkandjiiska Rachenitsa * * * 3:09

    [7] Dimiter is Loading a Small Boat & Ihtiman Horo * * * 5:49

    [8] Daichovo Horo – music Georgi Petrov and Hristofor Radanov 3:02

    [9] Pashovo Horo – music Peyo Peev 4:57

    [10] Kopanitsa * * * 3:27

    [11] Straight Horo from Cheshnigirovo * * * 2:36

    [12] Vretenarska Rachenitsa – music Dimitar Lavchev and Hristofor Radanov 2:59

    [13] Esekiiska pesen & Malkoturnovsko Horo – arr. Dimiter Trifonov 4:19

    [14] Don’t Say, Love, Good Night – arr. Atanas Valchev 3:22

    [15] Dobroudjanska Ruka * * * 3:13

    [16] Marko Forgot His Scarlet Horse * * * 2:42

    DDD: 59’23’’

  • Participating

    Atanas Valchev, Rossen Genkov, Petko Zhelyazkov, Angel Dobrev, Mihail Marinov, Neno Ivanov, Mincho Nedyalkov, Georgi Petrov, Peyo Peev, Yanko Petrov, Dimitar Lavchev, Dobroudjanska Troika (Stefan Georgiev – accordion, Ivan Petrov – gadulka, Atanas Mitev – gaida), Hristo Zahariev
    Accompaniment: Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra, Dobroudja Ensemble orchestra, instrumental group, Stoyan Yankulov – percussions,Angel Dimitrov – guitar
    Conductors: Atanas Valchev, Hristofor Radanov, Kostadin Bouradjiev, Dobrin Panayotov

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