:: Title :: The Song Of The Hero Of The Lower World
:: Genre :: epic song, olonkho
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Alekseev, Nikolai Timofeevich [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Unspecified (Unspecified), Armenia (unspecified) (Armenia)
:: Language :: Yakut
:: Culture :: Siberian, Turkic, Yakut
:: Session :: Yakut 8/64
:: Date :: 8/9/1964
:: Reference Information :: T1700.0, Track 2 (00:01:28)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Yakut sing only monody or unison in dance - never polyphonically - they sometimes sing with a two-tongued jaw's harp. The shamans have totally disappeared. The Yakut had a 3, 2, 1 stringed fiddle - not a traditional instrument - introduced by the Russian cultures - the one we saw was a yard long held against the belly. [Source: Tape notes]
2 - These Yakut songs were collected and given to Alan Lomax by Eduard Alexeev. They were originally recorded in Armenia, U.S.S.R., in 1962. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - These were extracts from Olonkho - the principal national epic of Yakut - there are 50 other epics known at local level. This is sung by olonkhosut, a special kind of singer, non-professional singer, who began training in childhood. The right hand to the right ear - the left arm crossing in front of the belly supporting the right elbow. [Source: Tape notes]
0 - This is the song of the hero of the Lower World. [Source: Tape notes]
0 - From olonkho "Kiun Tollur". Recorded in Moscow in 1957.
0 - Nikolai Alekseev (b. 1924) from Ust'-Aldanskii ulus (district), Republic of Sakha.
0 - See the transcription of this song in: Alekseyev E. Problemy formirovaniia lada. Moscow, 1976.
:: Collection :: Soviet Union 1964

 

 

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