Bulgarian music – Thrace

Stojne, Stojne, sung by Rumyana Dimitrova
This Youtube is a great example of Bulgarian music and dance.  The dance portion is covered under Trakijska Râčenica Na Horo.
This song, Stojne, Stojne is sung by Rumyana Dimitrova.  The melody is repeated to different lyrics.  I’ve attached the lyrics below.
It’s a good example of music from Thrace.  The râčenica rhythm of Q,Q,S, is easy to hear.  It features the instruments used in a typical ensemble from Thrace, played in a style that’s typical of Bulgarian music in general.  Most Bulgarian instrumental dance music follows a distinct format.  A melody, often 8 measures, is played, then repeated.  Then it’s on to the next melody, also repeated.  Then on to the next, etc.
During the break from accompanying the singer, each instrument gets to take a lead.
First up is a Kaval or shepherd’s flute – the instrument mentioned in the song.
Next is the Gaida, or bagpipe, made from a goatskin turned inside out.
The strummed instrument is a Tambura
The viol is a Gadulka, 3 main bowed strings plus several extra strings that resonate with the main strings, adding volume.
What’s added to the Stojne Stojne recording is a drum & electric bass.
Music in Bulgaria is traditionally often made sitting around a table, eating, singing, and dancing.  This link features the key instruments of a Thracian ensemble.
Musicians like MANY notes, a melody is seldom simple, and they enjoy adding ornaments to fill in any tiny gaps in the sound. Here’s the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion, Boris Karlov, playing a râčenica.
See if you can pick out the QQS beat, and hear where a melody begins, ends, and repeats. (hint-he starts with 10-measure phrases alternating with 8-measure phrases, then sticks to 8-measure phrases)

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