Archive for the 'History' Category

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 [...]

Changi (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Nowadays, Changi is preserved only in one region of Georgia – Svaneti (western Svanetian Changi mountainous part). Changi consists of two main parts: body and supplementary elements, which are represented by keys (1) and tuners (2). The body consists of horizontal and vertical parts. The horizontal part – the resonator – is made out of [...]

Chuniri (Georgian Folk Instruments)

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Chuniri is an ancient Georgian string instrument played by a bow-shaped stick. It consists of Chunirioval body (1), neck (3) and subsidiaries. The sound is reproduced with a bow. The body(1) of the Svanetian Chuniri has the shape of a sieve. It is open from below. It is covered with leather (2). The neck (3) [...]

Varlam Simonishvili / ვარლამ სიმონიშვილი

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

ვარლამ სიმონიშვილი დაიბადა 1884 წელს ოზურგეთის მაზრის სოფელ შემოქმედში. ვარლამს ოჯახური პირობების გამო არავითარი სასწავლებელი არ დაუმთავრებია გარდა 2 კლასიანი სკოლისა რომელიც იმჟამად შემოქმედში მდებარეობდა. სიმღერისადმი დიდი სიყვარულის და თავდადების გამო იგი 14 წლის ასაკში მიაბარეს ცნობილ მგალობელ-მომღერალ ანტონ დუმბაძეს, სადაც მან უდიდესი განათლება მიიღო როგორც სიმღერაში ასევე საგალობლებშიც. როგორც ცნობილია 1901 წელს ვარლამ სიმონიშვილი [...]