Sound Portraits of Bulgaria

Photographs and Music of Bulgaria

Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: A Journey to a Vanished World

Between 1966 and 1979, educator and cultural documentarian Martin Koenig made half a dozen trips to Bulgaria. Working in villages throughout the country, Koenig filmed, recorded, and photographed the lively, yet endangered, aspects of Bulgaria’s traditional culture. The results are indelibly gathered in Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: the vibrant rural life he experienced, the virtuosic musicians and dancers he met, the extraordinary music they made, and the joyous rituals and festivals he witnessed.

This collection celebrates a way of life that has largely vanished due to industrialization, technology, globalization, and emigration. 109 minutes of music in 2 CDs; 144-page book with photographs and extensive bilingual notes.

Description from Smithsonian Folkways

The publication is now available   at Smithsonian Folkways.


Texts by:
Martin Koenig, Ventsislav Dimov, Lozanka Peicheva and Timothy Rice

Hard cover 30 x 30 cm (12” x 12”)


2 CDs / 37 tracks/ 109 minutes

Book with Music CD

(plus shipping - US$7.00 domestic, US$35.00 international*)
for the book and CD of Field Recordings included

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