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Byelorussia: Musical Folklore of the Byelorussian Polessye

Various Artists
Byelorussia: Musical Folklore of the Byelorussian Polessye

Covering southern Belarus and northern Ukraine, the region of Polessye is known as “the land of legends, fairy tales, and songs.” Influenced by a landscape filled with forests and meadows, the traditional music from this area often revolves around seasonal changes, harvests, and related festivities. The vast terrain also inspired the practice of open-air group singing, which can be heard throughout the album. These spirited songs are colored by polyphonic chants around instruments including the fife, violin, and, on one track, the dulcimer—rare in Polessye music.

The liner notes provide full details on instruments and the cultural significance of each track.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Christmas carols and New Year's songs Anna Vengoora, Christina Doroshevich, Tatiana Safronova, Serafina Petrova, Aksinya Targonya; Olga Vakoolchyk, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roosack, Lubov Sl 4:10
102
Violin play Michail Shkadoon 0:43
103
Round Tatiana Orlenin, Nadeshda Shogol 2:08
104
Dancing tune on the fife Ivan Petshooha 0:38
105
Harvest songs Fayna Olesich, Watalya Adreykoviets, Heema Doroshevich, Tatiana Fedorova; Olga Vakoolchyk, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roosack, Lubov Sleesh; Katerina Doro 4:12
106
Reed-pipe solo Ivan Petshooha 1:10
107
Wedding Songs and Instrumental tunes Anna Vengoora, Christina Doroshevich, Tatiana Safronova, Serafina Petrova, Aksinya Targonya; Vasily Shved; Olga Vakoolchyk, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roo 6:02
108
Housewife Ivan Petshooha 0:34
109
Comic love songs Anna Vengoora, Christina Doroshevich, Tatiana Safronova, Serafina Petrova, Aksinya Targonya 2:59
110
Ballad Fayna Olesich, Watalya Andreykoviets, Heema Doroshevich, Tatiana Fedorova 3:58
111
Poetic Song Fayna Olesich, Watalya Andreykoviets, Heema Doroshevich, Tatiana Fedorova 2:10
112
Lyrical Polyphonic Song n/a 2:14
113
Preemac Olga Vakoolchyk, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roosack, Olga Masalskaya, Ysef Roosack, Adam Masalsky 2:52
114
Dramatic Song Olga Vakoolchyk, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roosack, Lubov Sleesh, Yusef Roosack, Alexander Korenchuck, Adam Sleesh 1:22
115
Peoples' songs from the time of World War II Anna Vengoora, Christina Doroshevich, Tatiana Safronova, Serafina Petrova, Aksinya Targonya; Olga Vakoolchyck, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roosack, Olga Ma 6:52
116
Love Songs Christina Doroshevich 3:42
117
Festive Songs and Dances Vasily Shved, Nikolay Leshchinsky, Ygnat Shookalov, Pavel Shookalov, Olga Vakoolchyk, Anna Roosack, Nadeshda Roosack, Lubov Sleesh, Yusef Roosack, Ale 7:46

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