Note: A lyric love song – a fragment of a four minute melody – which might be sung anytime. Singer is Ol'ga Ivanova (b. 1932) from the village of Somorsun, Amgra ulus (district), Republic of Sakha, 200 km to the southwest of Yakutsk. Recorded in Moscow in 1957. Transcription in: PFL, p.237-238.
About the session: These Yakut songs were collected and given to Alan Lomax by Eduard Alexeev. They were originally recorded in Armenia, U.S.S.R., in 1962. Notes on tape: "Yakut sing only monody or unison in dance—never polyphonically—they sometimes sing with a two-tongued jaw's harp. The shamans have totally disappeared. The Yakut had a 3, 2, 1 stringed fiddle—not a traditional instrument— introduced by the Russian cultures—the one we saw was a yard long held against the belly."
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