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Do They Sound Like Bells or Like Howling Wolves?

Interferential Diaphony in Bistritsa- An Investigation into a Multi-Part Singing Tradition in a Middle-Western Bulgarian Village

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Gerald Florian Messner

This study represents a thorough investigation of a polyphonic vocal village tradition in Bistritsa, Bulgaria. Outsiders describe the narrow intervals of these songs as being «maximally rough», while the singers themselves experience their performance as smooth, beautiful and pleasant. Almost identical polyphonic traditions can be found in places sometimes thousands of kilometers apart. This inquiry is carried out within a very broad and comparative context, whereby historical sources, the origin of different constituents and etymologies as well as electronic sound analysis are taken into account. The results are stunning and ever more relevant – and not just for ethnomusicologists: The babi or grannies of Bistritsa and their songs have been inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind in 2008.

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4. APPENDIX 1

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255 4 . APPENDIX 1 4.1 Some lyrics of the songs from Bistritsa72 LN 2 = , = ! ! ( $- $ - ! - % - # # - # - - … LN 5 @ # $ !%, $ !… LN 7, 8 A ! ! $# ! , A : "A- $# ,( ..." LN 9, 10, 11 =B = !-! !! !-. ! ! # ! $ !$. $- : "! , $ ! B ! $ $, ! $, $, ?" A : "@ $$ $$ ! $ -H $." $ $-: "#, , $# !$- B !-! !- p -H . B # !, ! $ #." $ $- !$ # - # !-: "-!, -!, ! H ! !$ $ !$ ! !$, - -H ! ! H -! . 72 An English translation of all song texts is available in Forsyth 1996. 256 LN 12 , $$ H ! #. # !$,: "+ -!, $ , $. J$$ ! , ! B ." -! - $. @$, B . =! ! ! ( ,. K !$,: " -!, # # ! ( ! % ( $ ! !,. , # $, ! # ,. : "% , $ % - $ H..." LN 14 , , , ! , L, ! , ! , , ! , . B, L, B, $$ , L, $$ , ! % , L, ! % , !, , , !, , . ! , , L, ! , , (, , (, *, !, *!, . 257 LN 15 ( , $ ( ( ( $ ! ! ! !# $ !# $ , ,. ! ! $ ! ! ! ! # $ : "- $, , $ ! !- $, , ! ! !" A $ $ $ : " , $ # ! $ , $ ! $ $ , $ $ par yp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… LN 19 L# $ !, ! $ ! . =B $ ! ( - ) ! ! - - $ : "N !, % $ #- ! + $ , , ! $$ ! $." LN 21, 22 =( , ! J ! -!. !. @ ) !%. A $ !$ # $$ $! - !$! , $! $ ! ! $ $ !$: "- , , !- ! J $$# $!: $! , !! $. $$# ! ! . 259 LN 28 ? J! $ $$ ! ? - !-! , ! ! !... LN 29 # % , = , !% @ , % . , # $ % $ $ #. LN 30, 31 - H . =! ! $ - . #, $ ! $ - # ! $! $ -! B # ! $!: "@a ! , % - ! !$ ( , ,." LN 35 /J-/ # % % , . B $ $$ % ! !... LN 36 -!,, $ +, , , !,, $ !$, $ ! , $ #, ... %-, $ , ... , $ $$ , ... 260 %-,...

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