Vierbum. 2002

by Stary Olsa

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Old tunes played on long-forgotten instruments and ancient words of languages that haven’t been spoken for ages will take you into Belarusian medieval towns and castles, where you can hear peoples’ voices at the town square, court balls hubbub, sad ballads, and sublime poems.

This CD presents excerpts from avital chefs-d’oeuvre of Belarusian written records, such as the Lay of Igor’s Warfare (in Old Slavonic; gusli; 12th c.; anonymous author), the Song of the Wisent (in Latin; lute; 1522; Mikalaj Husoŭski), the Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (in Old Belarusian; bagpipe; 1588; Astafij Valovič, Lieŭ Sapieha), and Pan Tadeusz (in Polish; hurdy-gurdy; 1834; Adam Mickiewicz), along with the 16th c. Belarusian music – works by Wojciech Długoraj and the Krakow Royal Library Holography.

Part of the album consists of live versions of medieval dances with anachronistic combinations of ancient instruments, such as lute and bagpipe, gusli and monochord, jew’s-harp and mandolin, bagpipe and gusli, gusli and lute, and many others.

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released January 1, 2002

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Stary Olsa Minsk, Belarus

We are a 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, and chamber music of Renaissance castles. - Our musical instruments have been reproduced with authentic materials and techniques. ... more

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