Bulgarian Harmony: In Village, Wedding, and Choral Music of by Kalin S. Kirilov

By Kalin S. Kirilov

An in-depth examine of the Bulgarian harmonic approach is lengthy past due. greater than 20 years because the Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares choir was once offered a Grammy (1990), there's no scholarly learn of the desirable sounds of Bulgarian vertical sonorities. Kalin Kirilov strains the sluggish formation of a special harmonic method that constructed in 3 varieties of Bulgarian song: village tune from the Nineteen Thirties to the Nineties, marriage ceremony song from the Nineteen Seventies to 2000, and choral preparations (obrabotki) - creations of the socialist interval (1944-1989), popularized by means of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. Kirilov classifies the various methods to concord and situates them of their ancient and cultural contexts, setting up new structures for research. within the technique, he introduces a brand new approach for the categorization of scales.


Kirilov argues that the ready-made innovations which are often compelled onto Bulgarian track - ‘westernization’, ‘socialist’ or ‘Middle jap influence’, usually are not in basic terms outmoded but additionally too imprecise to be of use in realizing the subtle modal and harmonic platforms present in Bulgarian track. As an insider who has played, composed and organized this tune for 30 years, Kirilov is uniquely certified to interpret it for a world audience.

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