Archive for the 'History' Category

Buki (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Buki is a kind of wind instrument that represents a long brass pipe. It originally comes from the north-west part of Georgia, the region of Svaneti. Inside the funnel-shaped part of pipe, up to first part it is inserted wooden stem, (trunk), and in the second part of pipe it is inserted copper trunk. Length [...]

Tsintsila (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Tsintsila is an ancient Georgian percussion instrument that represents a couple of oval plates with handholds. During archeological excavations in a sepulchre near the territory of castle (“Modinakhe”) a couple of plates (i.e. “Tsintsila”) were found with other relics. The sepulchre is thought to date back to the IV century A.D. The similar instruments were [...]

Music of Georgia

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Folk music Georgian folk music possesses what is the oldest tradition of polyphonic music in the world, predating the introduction of Christianity. Tuning Scales used in traditional Georgian music have, like most European scales, octaves divided into seven tones (eight including the octave), but the spacing of the tones is different. As with most traditional [...]

Грузинская музыка / Georgian Music

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Грузинская музыка – это своего рода музыкальный феномен, она отличается от любой другой муззыки своим качеством и сущностью. Грузины сравнивают её со Святой Троицей, как с духовным основанием: три голоса являются основными и независимыми, у них нет главного голоса, как в европейской музыке. Единство Святой Троицы воплощается в одновременном произнесении слов, чего также не наблюдается [...]

Georgian Polyphonia

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Georgia has a unique tradition of polyphonic choral singing. Georgian traditional polyphony (music consisting of two or more related melodic lines) is not the result of any effort to create arrangements for the concert stage. On the contrary, it is the result of a creative process believed to have sprouted naturally and autonomously from the [...]

Tsiko-tsiko (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Tsiko-tsiko came to Georgia from Europe in the 1830s. Tsiko-Tsiko mainly accompanies dances. Tsiko-tsiko as well as Garmoni became popular among folk musicians. Tsiko-Tsiko mainly accompanies dances. Only women play on it.

Traditional vocal polyphony

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Georgian folk music is predominantly vocal and is widely known for its rich traditions of vocal polyphony. It is widely accepted in contemporary musicology that polyphony in Georgian music predates the introduction of Christianity in Georgia (beginning of the 4th century AD). All regional styles of Georgian music have traditions of vocal a cappella polyphony, [...]


Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Iavnana (Georgian: იავნანა) is a genre of Georgian folk song, traditionally intended as a lullaby, but historically sung also as healing songs for the sick children. Some of the Iavnana lyrics are, however, of didactical or heroic character. The name of the genre comes from its refrain iavnana (or iavnaninao, nana naninao, etc.), which contains [...]

Salamuri (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Salamuri is widespread wind musical instrument in all regions of Georgia (especially in Kartli, Kakheti, Meskheti, Tusheti, Pshavi, and Imereti). Relics obtained from archaeological excavations prove the existence of Salamuri in Georgia from the ancient times. Among the relics found by an archaeological expedition in Mtskheta (Eastern part of Georgia), one thing very interesting for [...]


Monday, June 16th, 2014

Suliko (Georgian: სულიკო) is a Georgian female and male name meaning ‘soul’. It is also the title of a love poem written in 1895 by Akaki Tsereteli, which became widely known throughout the Soviet Union as a song performed with music composed by Varenka Tsereteli. In that form it was often performed on radio during [...]