Albanian music

The Music of Albania has ancient origins, in fact it was handed down from father to son only by oral tradition that there were no sheet from which young people could tap into for training music .

There are various types of musical genres, which show the numerous influences; traditional folklore music differs from the regions with major stylistic differences between the music of the Gheg in the north and the Toschi in the south.

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the Albanian people have kept their vast cultural identity away from the ruler, even living in mountains and rural areas and continuing to pass down the different characteristics of their music from generation to generation.

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Albania's political, military and cultural dominations by foreign elements have contributed to the country's modern music scene. Albanian music is a fusion of music from Southeast Europe, especially those of the Ottoman Empire , which ruled Albania for more than 500 years.

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Albanian folk music can be divided into three stylistic groups, with other important and somewhat peculiar musical areas around the cities of Shkodër , Tirana and Korça ; the groups are the northern Gheg and the southern Lab and Toschi. Traditions contrast in the "heroic and rough" tones of the north and the "relaxed and refined" ones of the south.

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Albanian folklore songs can be divided into large groups, the heroic epics of the north, the sweet melodies of lullabies, love songs, wedding music, work songs and other types. The music of the various festivals and holidays is also an important part, especially those celebrating Summer Day, (Dita and Veres) to usher in spring. Lullabies and lamentations are usually sung by a woman. [3] The folkloric instruments used are: the gajda and the çiftelia .

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The music of Albania ( Albanian : Muzika Shqiptare ) is associated with the country of Albania and the Albanian communities . Music has a long tradition in the country and is known for its regional diversity, from Gheg in the north to Toschi in the south. It is an integral part of the national identity, heavily influenced by the country's long and turbulent history , which forced Albanians to protect their culture from their masters by living in rural and remote mountains.

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The Gjirokastër National Folklore Festival , held every five years in Gjirokastër , is an important place that exhibits traditional Albanian music. Albanian music extends to ancient Illyria and ancient Greece , with influences from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires .

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