A View on the Relations between the Jewish and Bulgarian Urban Folk Songs
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Before the emigration to Israel in 1947-1948, in larger Bulgarian towns there lived over 50,000 Jews, predominately Sephardic. They sang their ancients urban folk songs, whose melodies were often sung by the Bulgarians. Some towns were also populated by Ashkenazi. In the 30s of the 20th C. the Jewish comedians brought over form Romania the tunes in the Jewish-Romanian style, which became smash hit in Bulgaria. In the period between 1944 and 1992 about 1000 Jews who stayed in Bulgaria almost forgot their Jewish songs. After 1992, following the celebrations of 500 years of the Jewish expulsion from Spain, the Bulgarian composers of Jewish origin started creating chorals, most often adaptation of Sephardic or Ashkenazi folk songs. The author of the present article is one of them.
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