Bill Lanphier

21+ Bulgarian & Macedonian Instrumentals & Vocals

CollectionFolk21 Pieces

Online package includes:

* Over 21 print-ready, PDF transcriptions.

* Reference MP3s of the original recordings in normal-speed and slow-speed versions.

* Performance notes.

* Guide to common Bulgarian rhythms.

This new online edition, which includes additional titles, features highly-detailed, high-resolution, print-ready transcriptions of over 21 Bulgarian & Macedonian instrumentals and vocals. Included are reference MP3s (128 kbps) with normal-speed and slow-speed, original-pitch versions.

Included in the transcriptions are ornaments (including upper and lower mordents), harmony parts, chord symbols, microtones, tempo markings, dynamics, rhythm-section cues, and instrument assignments. Skill level ranges from beginner to highly advanced. Prior experience with Balkan music isn’t necessary, but several of the tunes are challenging even to players deeply rooted in that music. The 21+ transcriptions comprise over 50 pages of music and over 1000 measures, while the MP3s from original recordings total over two hours. Also included is a guide to 12 common Bulgarian rhythms, from 2/4 to 18/16, plus notes on performance and interpretation. Total download is 151 MB. Sorry, individual titles aren’t available in this online version, which replaces the original hard-copy version.

Musical styles represented in these transcriptions include (acoustic) bitov ensembles, electric and acoustic wedding bands, a cappella choir, vocal with ensemble, solo accordion, military brass band, duo, and cutting-edge progressive folk. Artists represented include Nikolay Kolev, Ivan Milev, Najden Kirov, Ork. Titanik, Pejo Peev, Georgi Petrov, Theodosii Spassov, and Atanas Vulchev.

These immaculate transcriptions were prepared in Finale by highly-respected Balkan music instrumentalist Bill Lanphier, who has performed with many premier Balkan artists, including Jasko Argirov, Christos Govetas, Nikolay Kolev, Ivan Milev, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Georgi Petrov, and Trio Mopmu, plus artists outside Eastern European music including The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Madonna, and the Rippingtons.

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