Bulgarian folk ensemble

Artist: Philip Koutev State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances

Name: Bulgarian folk ensemble

Released: 1998

Label: Gega new

Format: Cristal

Total playing: 63'48

Bonus: import Bulgaria

Price : 12.50 €

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Bulgarian folk ensemble (Philip Koutev State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances)

May 1, 1951 was the birth date of the first state folk ensemble, founded and directed by Philip Koutev (1903-1982) up to the end of his days. It was for the first time that the authentic songs, tunes and dances were given a polyphonic presentation on the stage (characteristic of the Bulgarian folk tradition is the monophonic singing, in some region like the Pirin Mountains, the Shoppe Region and the regions of Ihtiman and Pazardjik two-part singing also exists and multi-part singing is to be found only in some villages near the town of Gotse Delchev), with an orchestra of Bulgarian folk instruments, treated, however, like those in a classical orchestra. This could not have been possible without the participation of a composer to unite both voices so unique and instruments so technically imperfect. At the same time he was to remain true to the musical original, to preserve the characteristic sound-production nd his interference was to remain inconspicuous. At first glance this seems an impossible task. Yet Philip Koutev managed to achieve it. What is more, he created a school of singers, instrumentalists dancers, composers, choreographers, conductors, invented a new trend in Bulgaria's musical life in the second half of the 20th century. Following his example, similar ensemble were founded in almost all bigger cities in Bulgaria.

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