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Russian Gypsy Folk Songs

By Bibs Ekkel

Voice - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Bibs Ekkel. Squareback saddle-stitched, SongBook. Gypsy. Book. 96 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.98120).

Item Number: MB.98120

ISBN 9780786648122. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Presented here is a rare collection of some of the best Gypsy folk songs popular among the Romanies of Russia and Eastern Europe. All offered in the original Romany tribal dialect, as appropriate to each song, with easy-to-follow pronunciation guide specially formulated for the native English speaker and literal (word-for-word) English translation. The appended short historical and linguistic overview offers a rare insight into the history, traditions, language as well as the music and songs of this unique and mysterious people. Great addition to any pianist's collection!

  • Aven, Nashas Tusa - Come, Let's Run Away  
  • Bida Mange - Woe is Me  
  • Chaso Palo CHaso - Hour After Hour  
  • Djelem, Dejelem - I Travelled, I Travelled  
  • Dobry dyen', Romale - Good Day, Gypsies  
  • Dui, Dui, Deshudui - Two, Two, Twelve  
  • Dyves i Rat - Day and Night  
  • E Kalina - The Guilder Rose  
  • Grastoro - Dear Little Horse  
  • Kai Yo Bergi? - Where are the Mountains?  
  • Kai yone? - Where are They?  
  • Kulya  
  • Kxamoro (Oy, da nie budit'e) - Dear Sun (Oh, do not wake Me)  
  • Loli Pxabai - Red Apple  
  • Malyarka  
  • Mar, Djanja! - Dance, Dance!  
  • Mashenka  
  • Nane Tsoxa - I Have No Skirt  
  • Nasten'ka  
  • Pale Reka - Beyond the River  
  • Palso bylo vlyublyat'sya? - Why did I Fall in Love?  
  • Pasiya pre char tumano - Mist Lay on the Grass  
  • Rucheyok - Little Stream  
  • Sare patrya - All the Cards  
  • Shatrisa - Little Tent  
  • Shel Me Versty - A Hundred Viorsts (I Travelled)  
  • Shilaly Balval - Cold Wind  
  • Sosa Grisha? - With What Grisha?  
  • Sosnitsa - Fir Tree  
  • Terdy Shatra - There Stands a Tent  
  • Tsyganskiye Chastushki - Gypsy Humorous Ditties  
  • Tu Balval - Cold Wind  
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 4

    Martin Auer
    Vienna, Austria
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  • 2008-10-06 00:00:00.0 Great insight

    Good selection, good translation, good insight into Roma culture. Very helpful. Thanks!

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  • 5

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  • 2006-11-08 00:00:00.0 Genuine Gypsy song sheet music- wow!!!

    I have been looking everywhere for genuine russian gypsy sheet music- and I mean everywhere. Since gypsy music is generally not written down, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to learn without being taught by a Russian gypsy.This book has great samples of well known and treasured songs...

    . Way to go- thanks!

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  • 5

    Fred de Haas
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  • 2006-06-18 00:00:00.0 Excellent songbook

    I have been singing Russian Gypsy songs for many years and have always been looking for not too difficult books with lyrics and scores of that genre. Most of the time one can buy books in Russian lyrics - with cyrillic characters - and intricate scores without transliteration in Latin script. The...

    book by Mr Ekkel is very well done with a nice introduction,a simple pronunciation guide, a very accessible score, a clear transliteration and a good well-reasoned translation of the Romany text. I would like to buy a CD or cassette with the interpretation of these songs,preferably by Mr Ekkel himself and a good Roma singer, which would make the book complete. Thanks Mr Ekkel for your most welcome contribution to the world of Roma music!

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