Kaval Sviri

from Izvora by The Nightingale Trio

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Kaval Sviri - Кавал свири
Bulgarian, arranged by Petar Lyondev

This song is one of the classics in our repertoire. Based on a folk song from Thrace, this arrangement was popularized on the album "Les Mystére des Voix Bulgares" (1988) by Ensemble Trakia of the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. Petar Lyondev is a celebrated Bulgarian composer, who is one of a cohort of composers who created a vast library of folksong arrangements that came out of Bulgaria in the second half of the 20th century. We learned this piece while singing in the Yale Slavic Chorus.


Кавал свири, мамо,
горе доле, мамо, горе доле, мамо.
Кавал свири мамо,
горе доле, мамо, под селото.

Я ще ида, мамо, да го видя,
да го видя, мамо, да го чуя.

Ако ми е нашенчето
ще го любя ден до пладне,
Ако ми е ябанджийче
ще го любя дор до живот.

Kaval sviri, mamo,
gore, dole, mamo, gore, dole, mamo.
Kaval sviri, mamo,
gore dole, mamo, pod seloto.

Ja shte ida mamo da go vidja,
da go vidya mamo, da go chuja.

Ako mi e nashencheto
shte go lubja den do pladne,
ako mi e jabandzhijche,
shte go lubja dor do zhivot.

English Translation:
The kaval is playing, mother,
up, down, mother, up, down, mother.
The kaval is playing mother,
up, down, mother, below the village.

I will go, mother, to see it,
to see it, mother, to hear it.

If it's a guy from our village
I'll love him from dawn till dusk,
If it's a stranger
I'll love him all my life.


from Izvora, released September 9, 2016


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The Nightingale Trio is village harmonies, birdsong lullabies, and moonlit round dances. They reignite the flame of women's folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

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