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Balkan Music

Rhythms, Melody, History and Dance Performance Music

"The majority of the region was under the control of the Ottoman Empire from 1699 until the early 20thC, and this has had a profound effect on the culture in general and traditional music in particular. " — Chris Haigh

There is no authoritative definition of Eastern European countries and Balkan countries. The United Nations has five Regional Groups, of which one is the Eastern European Group, and this group includes many of the nations which are frequently defined as Balkan: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Modlava, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.

* mark Balkan Countries. Loosely: the southeast region of Europe. Some lists include Greece and the European side of Turkey as Balkan.

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    Gundula Gruen, Gypsy Fiddle Collection.

    Haugh, Chris; Balkan Fiddle. Web.

    Aleksandar Aca Sisic was the most notable Serbian violinist and promoter of Serbian folk music.

    World Atlas map of Balkan Peninsula States shows Europe with individual countries identified, and then the Balkan Peninsula within it.

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