Canal March

World Polyphonies: Bulgaria


Songs of the Bulgarian folklore

Although most Bulgarian folklore is monodic, there is also a two-part polyphonic tradition (dvuglas) similar to that of other Balkan regions. In this tradition, a soloist performs the upper voice while another one or two perform bourdons. On the other hand, the religious chants that hybridise the Byzantine tradition with folklore are also characteristic of Bulgaria.

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