Mongolia: Traditional Music

Mongolia: Traditional Music

Various Artists UNES08207

UNESCO has identified two elements of traditional Mongolian music as being “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” They are the urtyn duu, or long song, and the morin-khuur, or horse violin, and both are featured here.

The morin-khuur is a two-stringed instrument with a carved horse head on the end of the tuning head. It is played like a cello by men for dance and to accompany singers, particularly for the urtyn duu, or long song. The long song is so named for the singing of each lyric syllable for long durations in single musical notes.

In addition to providing examples of urtyn duu and the playing of the morin-khuur, this recording offers examples of other forms of Mongolian traditional music including bongino duu (short songs) and music played on metal and bamboo Jew’s harps, flutes, vieles (violins), lutes, and zithers. Two tracks feature an example of diphonic song or khoomly, sometimes referred to as throat singing.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “My Darling”

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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, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Year Released 1991
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1991 Auvidis-UNESCO
Genre(s) Central Asia; World

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101 My speckled bay Darsüren 2:20
102 Two little ducks Danzan 5:40
103 Horse with light-grey coat Darsüren 2:58
104 The beautiful Altaï Möntöö 2:52
105 View over the Kherelen River Batbayar 2:58
106 The four seasons Batbayar 2:51
107 Popular dance of western Mongolia Batbayar 2:23
108 Dance tune of western Mongolia G. Nomyer 2:11
109 The black stallion Zhonon of the Khalka Mongols D. Zhantsanchoy 2:22
110 The brown silk dress Dashdory 2:12
111 Movements of a blessing Dashdory 1:53
112 Linked movements Tsembel 0:56
113 Colours side by side Tsembel 1:03
114 Beckoning movements Tsembel 1:00
115 Wave-like dance Tsembel 0:52
116 Quick, short movements Tsembel 0:57
117 Sunzhidmaa Tsendbayar, Sosorbaram 2:33
118 Saddle flaps of Saykhiyu leather Tseyenkhorloo, Sosorbaram 1:27
119 These shimmering blue mountains P. Dolzhinkhüü, L. Oyunchimeg 1:42
120 My Darling C. Amartungalag, S. Narantuya, Z. Badambarav 1:54
121 Song of praise to the horse D. Purevsuren 2:47
122 Dembee (finger game) Galragchaa, Batmönkh, Bolormaa 4:38
123 Tömör khuur metal jew's harp G. Dovchinsuren and his four children 1:26
124 Khulsan khuur bamboo jew's harp G. Dovchinsuren 1:26
125 Limbe transverse flute Enkhtayvan 2:50
126 Dörvön chikhtey khuur four-stringed viele L. Baldan 2:24
127 Shanza lute A. Oyuntsimeg 1:18
128 Yatga oblong table zither A. Tsolmaa 2:25
129 The khöömiy lesson Sundui 2:48
130 The 4-year-old light tan horse Sundui 1:46
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