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Mongolia: Traditional Music

Various Artists
Mongolia: Traditional Music

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.

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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.

Track Listing

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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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