March 3rd, 2011

Love Songs for Spring Time

This past fall and winter our director Tatiana brought us a host of new folk songs to learn, including several love songs about women named Gana, Rajka, Marcho, and their recalcitrant mothers and forlorn boyfriends. The rowdiest of these is a Greek tune, Dimitroula Mu, in which the protagonist’s sweetheart says (if I may paraphrase) […]

September 9th, 2008

New Songs for the Fall

Tatiana, our artistic director, traveled and toured in Bulgaria this summer with our friends-in-song Libana. What a culturally alive time they had! When Tania came back she had new songs for us to work on, including the beautiful and mischevious Trendafilcheto, which is sung in a dialect. The lyrics translate roughly as: Donna is beautiful […]

March 5th, 2007

Bulgarian Folk Songs of Love

So many English-speakers who love Bulgarian vocal folk music are drawn to the harmonies, but don’t always know the songs’ translations. Many that we sing are love songs, featuring dark-eyed brides, crazy boys, red wine, and boisterous wedding parties. For a window onto some of the language and poetry of the lyrics, here are translations […]