naiman sharag (sattb)

Catalog ID: S-93
Translation: the eight chestnut horses
First Line:
Composer: se enkhbayar
Author: nasun
Voicing: sattb
Solo: T
Accompaniment: a cappella
Language: mongolian
Country: inner mongolia
Series: music of asia and the pacific
Other: 1998 cd02, MAP


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Mongolian songs often praise horses, real and legendary, reflecting the close relationship between horses and humans.  A 13th century chronicle refers to the eight chestnut horses of Chinggis Khan, and they have thus become a symbol of national identity which embodies the Mongol's love for their native language and culture.  Indigenous Mongolian musical rhythms are often patterned after the rhythm of a running horse.  Such rhythms represent one of the major ethnic features of Mongolian music, and can be found throughout this piece. 

The editors of this edition, Yalungarele and Almaz Han have provided a transliteration of the text which is most like the way it would be spoken in Inner Mongolia.  The piece is recorded on CD-02.  A pronunciation CD is available for $4.50 and includes our other Mongolian pieces: S-91 Zeregleent Gobi and S-92 Dorven Dalai.

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