Balkan party music in Seattle

Cocek

Albanski cocek

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Balkan Sheet Music, Cocek | 0 comments

A sexy instrumental dance number recorded, and possibly written, by Ferus Mustafov in 2013. He plays a brief free-meter solo intro that isn’t transcribed below. I’ve heard bands play this tune without phrase 4.

 

Albanski cocek

View high-resolution PDF

 

 

Read More

Majstore majstore

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Balkan Sheet Music, Cocek | 0 comments

This song, heard in Northern Macedonia and in Bulgaria, was first performed by Petranka Kostadinova at the Valandovo Folk Fest in southeast Macedonia in 1990. We play it as a cocek dance. “Majstore” (literally “master”) refers to a master of a particular craft or trade. This one, hmm, perhaps he is very skilled with his big, strong hands…

There are two versions of the lyrics: the original Macedonian lyrics and a Bulgarian version that we learned from Mary Sherhart in Seattle.

Majstore majstore

View high-resolution PDF

 

Macedonian lyrics:

Majstore majstore lyrics

View high-resolution PDF

 

Bulgarian lyrics:

Majstore majstore lyrics 2

View high-resolution PDF

 

Performed in Macedonian by Petranka Kostadinova at Valandovo in 1990:

 

Performed in Macedonian by Aneta Micevska at Valandovo in 2017:

(The accordion player needs to lighten up…)

 

Performed in Bulgarian by Toni Dacheva with Kristal in 1991 or 1992:

 

 

 

Read More