Philip Koutev State Folklore Ensemble
- Kristina Yapova
The Ensemble was founded in 1951 by the name of ‘State Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances’. It was composed of a female choir, a folk orchestra, and a dance group. After the death of its founder, the Bulgarian composer Philip Koutev, in 1983, the ensemble adopted his name. Initially, the main task Koutev himself had set was to bring Bulgarian traditional folk music to the concert stage, preserving as much as possible the forms and styles of the original country folklore. In order to realize such a goal he used traditional instruments and old-time costumes and dances, as well as the sound-symbolism of voices. In ...