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FOLKLORE REGION THRACE

Central to the Thracian folklore area is the vast Thracian valley. It is enclosed by the Balkan mountains, Pirin, Rila, and the Rhodopes and stretches all the way to the Black Sea coast. It incorporates villages on the northern slopes of the Rhodopes, east of Pazardzhik. Some researchers believe that Thrace is the oldest folklore area in Bulgaria. It is the birthplace of the most ancient culture on the Balkan peninsula, which was created by its first inhabitants, the Thracian people.
The folklore music of Thrace is unbelievably beautiful, expressive and vivacious. Tranquillity and beauty spill out of the Thracian songs and the melodious kavals.

People in Thrace sing openly and loudly, with rich emotional colouring. Particularly impressive are the kaval wooden pipe melodies - it is not accidental that the instrumental Thracian style is judged to be a unique phenomenon in Bulgarian folklore music.

This region includes the area of Strandzha. The Strandzha Mountain singing tradition is one-voice. The slow melodies, with gradually unfolding intonations, they seem to be preparing people for their meeting with the mysteries of the mountain. Even the Ruchenitsa (uneven three-fourths dance) is peculiar in the Strandzha: the dancers, holding each other's hands, skillfully squeeze under their holding hands.

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