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Music on cylinders
Written by Kjeaja   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:18

During the 20th century 30's, there were several events of great importance related to Galichnik, like the construction of the church "St. Petar i Pavle", filming of the first documentary about the wedding ceremonies and, in general, the life in Galichnik, etc.

Heimtrat Kuppers, Gustav's daughter, using the phonogram, during the recording in Galichnik in 1939

Between the filming of the first Hollywood documentary about the Galichnik's weddings in 1931 and the filming of the first Macedonian movie in color with scenes from Galichnik, there was an important visit of a man credited for the affirmation of the wedding music - Gustav Kuppers-Zonnenberg.



The title cover of the CD "Wax cylinder recordings from Southeast Europe"

This german photographer and journalist, whose hobby was recording of the ethno music of the european people, even during its first visit of Galichnik in 1935, got impressed by the sounds of the zurlas and drums and decided to include the wedding songs from galichnik in its collection of music records of the people from southeastern Europe.

Part of the cover contents of the CD "Wax cylinder recordings from Southeast Europe"

Interesting fact is that he recorded the songs on wax cylinders, which were typical sound medium at that time, using phonogram (a primitive gramophone). Between 1935 and 1939 during his journey through southeastern Europe, he visited Galichnik every year. In 1939, when he visited Galichnik for the fifth time, among the 27 recorded cylinders with music from southeastern Europe that year, 15 belonged to the Galichnik's music. During this visit he also took 40 photos with motives from Galichnik.

Part of the cover contents of the CD "Wax cylinder recordings from Southeast Europe"

In 2011, Phonogram-Archive from Berlin made a selection of 74 songs from the cylinder recordings and reproduces them on CD titled "Wax cylinder recordings from Southeast Europe". Among the six macedonian songs, four belonged to the Galichnik's folklore. This collection like the others belonging to Phonogram-Archive from Berlin are protected by UNESCO.

All macedonian songs (except for the first and the third) which were included in the CD "Wax cylinder recordings from Southeast Europe" belong to the Galichnik's folklore


This short post is dedicated to the work of Kuppers, which succeeded in opening of the Galichnik's music heritage to the world.