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Comments about the soundtrack for Troy (Gabriel Yared/James Horner)

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Re: Macedonian Singers? History Mistakes!
• Posted by: Ivor Davies   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at 4:53 a.m.
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• In Response to: Macedonian Singers? History Mistakes! (Andy Dufresne)

This Tanja Tzarovska singer is really
> good and well done to Yared for using her in the score and all. The thing
> is however that it is quite historically wrong, using Slavic singing for a
> movie about Greek battles.

Hi Andy et al,

Tanja is Macedonian but from the 'Bulgarian' bit. The whole question of where or what Macedonia is today is a complex one that goes back only to last century when the Balkan borders were defined by the West - we really DONT we to get involved in that!

To go back to the times of Troy is to go back to when the area we now know today as Bulgaria was then known as Thrace. Famous Thracians include Spartacus and Orpheus. What one can say is that there is something rather unusual about the way they sing in Bulgaria - listen to Le Mystere des Voix Bulgare (big Bulgarian Choir) or the Trio Bulgraka (who sang on Kate Bush albums). The style sung particularly in the Thracian Plain part of Bulgaria, around Stara Zagora, can be heard on Yared's soundtrack vocal parts by Dessislava Stefanova - check out Hector's Funeral.

The origins of the Bulgarian vocal style may lie in the Altai Mountains where the horse people there have their own style of throat singing - listen to any Tuvan throat singing - and there has already been musical collabourations between Bulgarian and Tuvan singers. Many of the people who now live in what we call Bulgaria originally came from the Altai's, Khan Asperuh son of Khan Khubrat was the founder of the Bulgarian people.

So Yared was looking for an ancient and 'far away' sound, looking for a way of singing that has been forgotten, and I reckon he found it with the collabourations with Dessislava and Tanja. I work with Dessi on Bulgarian projects in A Spell In Time (see link) and Dessi is also leader of the London Bulgarian Choir. I can ask her exactly what Yared's influences and ideas were if anyone's interested!

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