Ancient Legends - The Mystery and the Pagan Dances
Suite for Chamber Orchestra

Vania Angelova
Composition Date: 2009
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x String orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
My Suite “ANCIENT LEGENDS – THE MYSTERY OF THE PAGAN DANCES” is a little musical picture from the rudimentary past of my country Bulgaria. It includes: hot, unique ritual pagan dances on burning coals at midnight (Pagan Dance and Valkiria), parts of peace and harmony (Pacification) and Mystery (Mystery of the full Moon). With the energy of my rhythmic musical streams (fluxes), I want to present the mystery of Fire’s energy, of dancers in ecstasy, of this unique Night Dances. I explore the correlations between national musical traditions, specific rhythms of the Bulgarian national music of irregular divisions - 7/8, 9/8, 11/8 and contemporary orchestral language. These irregular rhythms from East Europe, named by Béla Bartók “ The Bulgarian rhythms “, can be found in the compositions of Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, etc.).

My composition presents the spiritual atmosphere of ancient Bulgarian pagan ritual dances “Nestinari” on burning coals - an amazing phenomenon in Bulgarian folklore. Fire dancing (“nestinari”) is an ancient pagan mysterious ritual. Barefooted dancers (“nestinari”) perform in a trance a dance on burning embers. For Nestinari, dancing on embers is a personal spiritual ritual that cleanses and brings insight into past, present and future. This religious and mystical ritual is done to expel illness, for health and for bountifulness. It must be seen to be believed.

P.C. When Christianity entered the Bulgarian culture, this dance was transformed – it became dedicated to Christian saints; the dancers began to perform it holding an icon in their hands. Nowadays, visitors can see “nestinari” performing for tourists in cultural attractions.

Vania Angelova

Premiere Information:
24 septembre 2012, The Montreal Symphony House, Montréal, QC, Canada; McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott, dir.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 A582an
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 16, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (46 p.) ;
    46 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 27 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour orchestre à cordes, contrebasson et timbales
    En 4 mouvements: I. MYSTERY OF THE FULL MOON -- II. PAGAN DANCE ON BURNING COALS -- III. PACIFICATION -- IV. VALKIRIA.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.
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