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Ранни записи на традиционни инструменти в България (Научни и комерсиални записи върху грамофонни плочи на традиционни аерофонни инструменти от...
Early Recordings of Traditional Bulgarian Instruments (Scientific and commercial recordings on LPs of traditional aerophone instruments from...

Author(s): Ventsislav Dimov
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Early Recordings of Traditional Bulgarian Instruments (Scientific and commercial recordings on LPs of traditional aerophone instruments from Bulgaria made in the first half of the 20. century) The text, dedicated to the memory of Ivan Kachulev, focuses on the decades before his eminent activities and publications from the second half of the 20. century. It discusses barely known and insufficiently used early scientific recordings of traditional folklore instrumentals, made in the late 30-ies and early 50-ies by Rayna Katsarova and Ivan Kachulev and preserved in the Institute of Art Studies to BAS. There is an interpretation of early commercial recordings of folklore music and instruments, recorded and published within the period 1904– 1950. Comparing observation on scientific and commercial recordings from the first half of the 20. century, which are the earliest evidence of instrumental folklore music, it is made possible to outline in detail some of the tendencies in the development and the modernization of Bulgarian traditional instruments and the instrumental music as such. The first formations performing with traditional instruments emerge in the dawn of modernity and have a growing role among the professional inter-village musicians. A factor for their development and establishment are the live contexts of functioning (village gatherings, fairs, exhibitions, music contests) and the media functioning of the recorded music (LPs and the radio). Apart from the instrumentarium and the formations, changes in the Bulgarian instrumental tradition can be traced on the levels of musicians and the repertoire. Generations of players like Naydo Kirov, Tsviatko Blagoev and Georgy Koev (their names being known both in the first scientific recordings and the commercial recordings of LPs of the time), have established their reputation of professionals in the 30-ies and 40-ies, and at the same time are the personification and one of the major gears in the transition period of the developmental processes in instrumental music. They mark the movement from the village to the city, from the local to the national, from tradition to modernity, from traditional to modern instruments, from the oral to the recorded art.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 77-95
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian