Skarby Litvinaŭ Siaredniaviečča (Litvin's Treasures, Middle Ages​)​. 2004

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A. P. Kuehn Litvin has so many treasures for the medieval music lover that Stary Olsa had to make 2 albums just to share some of them with us. This album focuses on the Middle Ages. From powerful drum and bagpipe tunes to peaceful rhythms and flutes to soothe your soul. This album will take you back in time. Some songs have been released on later albums after the band has arranged them differently and given them a new sound and a new vibe. They are historians as well as skilled and talented musicians. Favorite track: Litvin.
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    Litva (Lithuania) is an historic name of Belarus. The Litvins is an old name for the Belarusians. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) was the Litvins’ nation-state. Viĺnia (Vilnius) was the capital of old Litva. The Litvins’ treasures are spiritual works of both local and West European origin.
    The Middle Ages is a 1,000-year period of our history from the time when the Slavs came (6th c.) to the heyday of Renaissance (16th c.). There are the Early Middle Ages (6th–13th c.; the Principalities of Polack, Turaŭ and others) and the Late Middle Ages (13th – early 16th c., GDL).

    Piesnia a kniaziu Vitaŭcie (Song about Grand Duke Vitaŭt) (9) is a martial song of the 15th–16th c.
    Baharodzica (Holy Mother) (10) is a hymn of the 14th–17th c., its music was written in the 13th c. The first verses – in the 12th–14th c. are in the Old Belarusian Liturgical language. On this CD, there is a reconstruction of the oldest variant of Baharodzica (the last verses and their melody were written in Poland much later). The fact that the song text is in the form of a verse proves that Baharodzica is a hymn, not a prayer. The fullest text and melody were written in 1407.
    Also album includes several popular medieval dances as "Tourdion", "Totentanz" (Dance of Death), popular songs as "Totus Floreo", "A que por" and "In the Tavern", also popular melodies of old traditional games from Eastern Europe (Udaviec, Ciacierka-Padušačka).

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    Kielich Kola (Drinking Mug) 2000
    Vir (Weel) 2001
    Vierbum (Verbum) (2002)
    Šliach (Path) live 2003
    Skarby Litvinaŭ Siaredniaviečča (Litvin’s Treasures - Middle Ages) 2004
    Skarby Litvinaŭ Reniesans (Litvin’s Treasures - Renaissance) 2004
    Siaredniaviečnaja Dyskateka (Medieval Discotheque) live 2005
    Hieraičny Epas (Heroic Epos) 2006
    Drygula (2009)
    Liepšaje (The Best) 2009
    Santa Maria (2013)
    Kola Rycerska (Knighthood) live 2016
    Medieval Classic Rock, 2016
    Water, Hops and Malt, 2017
    Lipka (single), 2019

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Surmy 00:37
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Oj, rana 02:22
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Ula 01:54
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Udaviec 02:18
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Šturm 02:28
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Vojciech 02:56
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Litvin 03:10

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Litvin’s Treasures - Middle Ages.

Litva (Lithuania) is an historic name of Belarus. The Litvins is an old name for the Belarusians. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) was the Litvins’ nation-state. Viĺnia (Vilnius) was the capital of old Litva. The Litvins’ treasures are spiritual works of both local and West European origin.

The Middle Ages is a 1,000-year period of our history from the time when the Slavs came (6th c.) to the heyday of Renaissance (16th c.). There are the Early Middle Ages (6th–13th c.; the Principalities of Polack, Turaŭ and others) and the Late Middle Ages (13th – early 16th c., GDL).

Piesnia a kniaziu Vitaŭcie (Song about Grand Duke Vitaŭt) (9) is a martial song of the 15th–16th c. Its lyrics were found by Vaclaŭ Lastoŭski in 1923; its music – by the Students’ Ethnographic Society during an expedition in Vierchniadzvinsk (Drysa) District in 2002. “Hey, Litvins! God advises us!” is the Duke Radzivils’ army battle-cry.

Baharodzica (Holy Mother) (10) is a hymn of the 14th–17th c., its music was written in the 13th c. The first verses – in the 12th–14th c. are in the Old Belarusian Liturgical language. The first song description dates back to Grunwald. At the beginning of the battle the whole army of GDL and Poland started singing Holy Mother and then plunged into the battle (Chronicle of Jan Dlugosz). In the 15th c., this song was called Homeland Song and was already considered very old.

In the 16th c., Holy Mother was the GDL National Anthem. The GDL Army would sing it before every battle, and it was played during all state and martial celebrations, and even in the Catholic and Orthodox churches to honor the Belarusian Saints.

On this CD, there is a reconstruction of the oldest variant of Baharodzica (the last verses and their melody were written in Poland much later). The fact that the song text is in the form of a verse proves that Baharodzica is a hymn, not a prayer. The song is based on the melody of a song composition that is close to folklore. The fullest text and melody were written in 1407.

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released January 1, 2004

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Stary Olsa Minsk, Belarus

Medieval music band from Minsk, Belarus.
WHAT WE DO:
- Recreate the musical traditions of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 13th – 18th c.
- Perform traditional folklore of the cities and knights of the Belarusian and European Middle Ages, Renaissance music and Early Baroque music.
- Our musical instruments these periods have been reproduced with authentic materials and techniques.
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