Folklore show

Kyrgyz folk music

Kyrgyz music traces its roots back to antiquity. Almost all observers and researchers testify about love of the Kyrgyz people to music and poetry shows. In times past, music accompanied various public events, including festivals, feasts, military campaigns, family celebrations, etc.

Musical creativity of the Kyrgyz is represented in vocal and instrumental forms. It has developed its own complete style, with a rich collection of rhythmical tools and lyricism, with restraint and epic simplicity. A characteristic feature of a peculiar style of the Kyrgyz folk music is a system, concreteness of created artistic images. Cheerfulness and optimism are peculiar to Kyrgyz music. They are shown in the lenient, smooth and narrative artistic form.

The most important features of the artistic style in Kyrgyz music bring it together with the Kazakh music and music of some peoples living in Altai and Khakassia. Kyrgyz music was formed at some early development of the seven-step diatonic scale.

Recitative remained to a greater extent only in remote areas, but it also continues to exist as the manner of performance of epic works and of many folk songs, especially ceremonial.

However, along with the recitative, another type of signing appeared and developed in Kyrgyz music - in the form of prolonged and melodious songs. Lyrical, love and pastoral songs belong to them. Improvisation is typical for both vocal and instrumental Kyrgyz music. At the same time a Kyrgyz musician can be a composer of the performed composition and if he does not improvise it completely, he puts in some of his elements into it.

Outstanding representatives of the Kyrgyz musical creativity were folk singers called akyns. They inherited and embodied the best artistic traditions of the past. Kyrgyz akyn was often not only a singer, but also a musician and a composer. In the earlier period folk singers were concurrently poets, improvisators and masters of instrumental music and storytellers. Akyns had their own specific song genres, small epics and songs in which they admonished or censured people. In their musical improvisations the majority of akyns tried to express democratic aspirations of people, protests against tyranny and injustice, dreams of a better life. Another small part of akyns was close to feudal lords, that’s why they praised them and the feudal system.