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    Also, Tapkaara, welcome back!
    By the time I joined, you already left, but I read your posts, found them well written and they got me interested in Sibelius and Ifukube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graaf View Post
    Also, Tapkaara, welcome back!
    By the time I joined, you already left, but I read your posts, found them well written and they got me interested in Sibelius and Ifukube.
    Hi Graaf! I am passionate about Ifukube and Sibelius, and if I can share that passion with others and get them interested too, it's very gratifying to me.

    Now I am getting interested in Balkan composers. See how this works?
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    This song kicks ***:


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    The only thing I can think of is The Angelite Bulgarian Womens Choir (here fused with Tuvan music):


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    Presenting one of the most famous Serbian songs - Marš na Drinu (March on the Drina river) in many versions:

    1. The original version by Serbian classical composer Stanislav Binički:



    2: Cover by The Shadows:



    3. Cover by James Last:




    4. Cover by Soulfly:



    5. Traditional Serbian version (with singing) - this is the most known version:



    6. Cover by Branimir Štulić (frontman of Croatian band "Azra"):


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    Quote Originally Posted by graaf View Post



    This song is also about crisis of 1990s, not just economic, but crisis of values - lyrics say "[we] celebrate some lame stuff some lame stories that someone invented only a few years ago, for us. Also feeling of "end of days" - notice lyrics " the news [propaganda] that have just arrived, they say that we have only a few years for us".

    I heard,that they made this song when they got AIDS.

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    I am of Greek background and listen to a lot of Greek music, as well as Arabic, Turkish, Indian and African music. Manos Hadjidakis is one of my favourite Greek composers, and in my opinion his suite "Gioconda's Smile" is his greatest work. Here's a performance in Athens from a year after his death:


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    tribute tu Goran Bregović i njegov orkestar za sprovode i venčanja, and
    Boban Marković...
    music is as music does

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    Ivo Papasov. Incredible Bulgarian clarinetist.

    [YT]v=u1lXnsBfuIk[/YT]

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    Since this is the non classical section, I will say that I have heard Balkan band music. Its incredibly lively and fun to listen to, my experience of the melodies is something like what starthrower posted right above me. Its often very lively and upbeat. I've heard of Balkan Brass Band competitions in my area.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Having been to Estonia myself, I can very vividly recall crossing the BALTIC sea from Helsinki to get there!

    The Balkans are high on my travel list. I'd love to visit that prt of the world.
    Zagreb and Ljubljana are two of my favorite cities. Both are lovely, but in different ways.

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    3 Mustaphas 3

    I gots EPs and lp, "Shopping"


    "Liner notes from their albums would have it that the band was created in a Balkan town called Szegerely (possibly derived from the Hungarian region of Székely), where it played at the Crazy Loquat Club, before the members were transported inside refrigerators to England."


    Take it to the fridge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodjem View Post
    Zagreb and Ljubljana are two of my favorite cities. Both are lovely, but in different ways.
    For all the good intentions, thread is silent since 2011
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    Balkan "Spiller" ('72 Sweden)

    Deacon Beaker has this fine fusion lp in the collection.


    (Youse gots nuffink.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    Having been to Estonia myself, I can very vividly recall crossing the BALTIC sea from Helsinki to get there!

    The Balkans are high on my travel list. I'd love to visit that prt of the world.
    Tapkaara….my only advice would be that if you do have an ambition to travel to the Balkans then try to make sure you do...you will not be disappointed.

    Admittedly it is perhaps easier for me to get there from England but have spent a considerable amount of time over the past few years in Slovenia and Bosnia Herzegovina and have found the experiences remarkable....there is something very special about Sarajevo and Mostar ( and the railway journey between the two) and am off again to Ljubljana in February (architecture of Plecnik)

    Having read through this thread I have now realised it is about time I investigated the music of the region...…..

    Just realised this thread was essentially redundant until recently so ignore me......
    Last edited by jim prideaux; Jan-13-2020 at 17:04.
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