Macedonian and Balkan Folk Music

Автентични мелодии за български кавал
Authentic Tunes for Bulgarian Kaval

cover of Authentic Tunes for Kaval

NEW! This book of 36 Bulgarian kaval tunes with accompanying audio files is now available as a pdf. The collection contains melodies for kaval which were performed by old masters – players in the beginning and middle of the last century. Most of the melodies have long been forgotten and were not available to the current generation of kaval players. Professor and kaval master Lyuben Dosev initiated this project with the hope that younger players would “revive” the melodies, perform them for new audiences, and teach them to a new generation of kaval players across the world.

The 96-page book contains 36 authentic kaval tunes, notated with ornaments, and is accompanied by an archive of audio files corresponding to each tune, performed by Professor Dosev. There are also notes about how to read the notation, play the ornaments, and use the audio files, plus a mini autobiography of Professor Dosev.


List of tunes

  1. Увалийско хоро / Uvaliysko horo
  2. Сватбарска мелодия / Svatbarska melodia
  3. Ръченица / Rachenitsa
  4. Въртяано хоро / Vartyano horo
  5. Изикийска мелодия / Izikiyska melodia
  6. Овчарската / Ovcharskata
  7. Пайдушката / Paydushkata
  8. Водено хоро / Vodeno horo
  9. Пайдушко хоро / Paydushko horo
  10. Жетварска песен / Zhetvarska pesen
  11. Лазарската / Lazarskata
  12. На прибулване / Na pribulvane
  13. Кавалджийски мелодии / Kavaldzhiyski melodii
  14. Вземане на кума / Vzemane na kuma
  15. Бавна песен / Bavna pesen
  16. Овчарската и ръченица / Ovcharskata i rachenitsa
  17. Хоро на песен / Horo na pesen
  18. Варненско дайчово хоро / Varnensko daychovo horo
  19. Остана Въсьо сираче / Ostana Vasyo sirache
  20. Провикнал ми са тоз Стоян и ръченица / Proviknal mi sa toz Stoyan i rachenitsa
  21. Трите пъти / Trite pati
  22. Главановско хоро / Glavanovsko horo
  23. Овчарска мелодия и ръченица / Ovcharskata melodia i rachenitsa
  24. Крушарска тропанка / Krusharska tropanka
  25. Авлиевско хоро / Avlievsko horo
  26. Бавна мелодия и Айданлийско хоро / Bavna melodia i Aydanliysko horo
  27. Седенкарска мелодия / Sedenkarska melodia
  28. Кумовата / Kumovata
  29. Трите пъти / Trite pati
  30. Мегданска игра / Medanska igra
  31. Ситна ръченица / Sitna rachenitsa
  32. Ичменски мелодии / Ichmenski melodii
  33. Макамлийско хоро / Makamliysko horo
  34. Трите пъти / Trite pati
  35. Импровизатсия / Improvizatsia
  36. Сливенско трите пъти / Slivensko trite pati

Sample notation and audio file

High res (or click on notation)

Bavna pesen notation

Lyuben Dosev playing kaval

Professor Lyuben Dosev plays "Bavna pesen":


To order this book, please go to the order page.

Please note: There are no shipping charges for this item.