The Songs and Life of Línka Gékova Gérgova
| LÍNKA GÉRGOVA (1904-1992) was a remarkable singer
from the village of Bístritsa (located near the capitol city, Sofia) in Bulgaria. Daughter of
two consummate singers, Línka’s own repertoire contained at least 200 songs.|
MARTHA FORSYTH (American folklorist and musicologist) has compiled Línka’s extensive song repertoire, and set it against Linka’s own description of her life and of the traditions that formed the background for her songs, to make a one-of-a-kind book:
(Слушай, щерко, и добре запомни . . . )
Throughout the book, the narrative is enriched with drawings, photographs, and musical notation. An accompanying compact disc includes samples of most of the melodies presented, plus a sample of Línka’s song dictation and a portion of a conversation with her. Martha has compiled a unique in-depth study of a singer, her life, her songs, and her village’s culture. While the work is carefully and thoroughly documented (from Martha’s many hours of recorded conversations), thanks to Línka’s engaging story-telling it is conversational in style, and eminently readable.
See or hear some samples from the book:
The cost of the book (including CD) is $50.
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"Martha Forsyth" <theforsyths AT verizon DOT net>