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After the success of the first two albums of the series "MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN BULGARIA" (Rumen Sirakov - tambura, and Demko Kurtev's Zurna Group), Gega New Music Company presents to the listeners one of the most loved and widely used instruments - the gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe). The bagpipe originated in Southeast Asia. It underwent various changes and today there are versions of the instrument in many countries of Asia, Europe, and Africa.

The bagpipe is widely spread in the Bulgarian folk music tradition. There are two main types of bagpipe: kaba (low-sounding) gaida , characteristic of the Rhodope Mountains region, and djura (high-sounding) gaida , used in the remaining part of the country. There are also some rare cases of a bagpipe with two chanters (melody pipes), the so-called two-reed bagpipe (chifte-gaida ).

The present release includes recordings by renowned bagpipers from all folk regions of Bulgaria - authentic melodies, arrangements, and author's folk-based works by Alexander Raichev, Hristofor Radanov, Kostadin Atanassov, Hristo Todorov, Georgi Andreev, Gencho Genchev. The CD booklet contains extensive information by Prof. Manol Todorov about the origin, development, composition and varieties of the bagpipe in Bulgaria and in the world and it will be of special interest to the admirers of this instrument.


  • Track Listing

    [1] A Medley of Rhodope Songs 5'00"

    [2] Duma sa duma ot stari lyude 3'26"

    [3] Shepherd's Song, Svornato and Pravo Horo 4'36"

    [4] Bouenek 3'16"

    [5] In the Village Square 5'34"

    [6] Spring Horo - Filetsi 1'47"

    [7] Na borba - a melody from Karnobat region 3'06"

    [8] Gergeliiskata 2'02"

    [9] Macedonian Rhythms 3'34"

    [10] Pravo Shopsko Horo 2'38"

    [11] Shoppe Rachenitsa 3'05"

    [12] Melodies from Koula 4'54"

    [13] Izruchanka and Potter's Horo 2'10"

    [14] Light Wedding Horo and Horo Bibichi 3'03"

    [15] Slow Melody and Rachenitsa 1'44"

    [16] Leading out the Bride and Trite Pati 3'40"

    [17] Danets 2'43"

    Total: 56'18"

  • Performed by

    Rhodope Bagpipe Orchestra, directed by Apostol Kissyov, Rhodopea Kaba Trio and Georgi Kichukov (bagpipe), Georgi Mussorliev, Alexander Raichev, Georgi Doichev ,Ognyan Vassilev (tupan), Peicho Peev, Kostadin Varimezov,Stoyan Velichkov (tupan), Nedyo Mirkov, Pencho Atanassov (tupan), Kostadin Atanassov, Dimitar Chupetlovski, Ilia Dimitrov, Krassimir Kondov, Trifon Trifonov, Zahari Ivanov, Dancho Yossifov (tupan), Minko Dimitrov, Nikola Atanassov, The Dobroudjanska Troika - Dobrich
    Accompanied by: orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio Folk Orchestra, instrumental group
    Conductors: Hristofor Radanov, Georgi Andreev, Hristo Todorov

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