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Seljancica Kolo – A Folk Dance from Yogoslavia –…

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Society provides a set of free sheet music for folk dances from former Yugoslavia. It is possible to play those pieces with one or two mandolins and guitar accompaniment.

Yugoslav Songs and Dances:


One of the dances is  Seljancica Kolo, a well known dance from Croatia, which can be found several times at youtube.

Let’s start with a danced version of this Seljancica Kolo:

Seljancica kolo (Kolo) voormalig-Joegoslavie

Second I have found a version played by the Tam Trio of Hialeah which uses Croatian instruments like brac, bugarija, guitar and double bass.

Tam Trio of Hialeah, FL…”SELJANCICA KOLO”

In the USA the tamburitza instruments from Croatia are played until today by immigrants from Croatia and Yugoslavia. In this video the melody is played by the brac, a guitar shaped instruments tha sounds like a mandoln or mandola.

You can find a description of the Croatian instruments in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments:

bisernica On the Balkan (in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia) so called tamburitza orchestre are very popular. Even emigrants in USA (or Austria) from that area still play this type of music. Basically the tamburitza is an all stringed band. The different instruments are from the smallest to the biggest : bisernica, brac, bugarija, celo and berde. Bodyshape can be roundish (mainly only for the smallest instruments) or guitar-like for the bigger ones. Shapes and decoration can be quite different between different makers. The orchestras can be small (one of each instrument), or with several of each (in different sizes).


Pittsburg Mandolin Society

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Society was the largest mandolin orchestra in the USA in 2009. On the homepage of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Society you can find a lot of information about the history of the mandolin in the USA. You can also find the information that Valentine Abt, a famous mandolinist and composer was native from Pittsburgh, he founded the first classical mandolin quartet in the USA – with two mandolins, tenor mandolin and mandocello.

Additional Information

Old Homepage of the Pittsburg Mandolin Society – no more available: http://www.pittsburghmandolinsociety.org/

The free downloads of sheet music are not available any more!

New website: https://sites.google.com/a/pittsburghmandolinsociety.org/home/news-events

youtube channel of the Tam Trio of Hialeah: http://www.youtube.com/user/stringmancurt

another post about the tamburitza in my blog: Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec – Slovenia

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Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec – Slovenia

In my recent post about Ferenc Sebö the tambura (also known as tamburitza, tamburica, ….) was used in some videos. I wanted to find some more information and videos about this instrument. Today I have found the videos of the Tamburitza Orchestra Dobrec, an orchestra similar to a mandolin orchestra but composed from tamburitza instruments.

You can find more information about the instruments used in this tamburitza orchestras in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments: Instruments of Kroatia

Here is a short note from the homepage of this orchestra about the history of this orchestra:

It all began in 1993, when a tamburitza beginner’s course was first founded, located at an elementary school Osnovna sola Dragatus,. ….With hard work and creativity of our leader Anton Grahek, and that of other members of the orchestra, we are dedicated to spreading the sound of tamburitza and that of Bela krajina across our homeland as well as abroad. Our aim is to familiarize people with our rich musical heritage and our traditional folk instrument tamburitza. Every year we participate at different festivals for tamburitza and mandoline orchestras of Slovenia, where, to this day, an expert jury already awarded us with three awards. Our most important achievement dates back in 2003 as we released our first CD.

Next to authentic folk songs of Bela krajina and that of Slovenia, we also perform songs from other nations, musical arrangements and adaptations of evergreens, latin american and classical musik. However, our ochestra is especially renowned for its unique sound and melody as well as brilliant performing technique.

In the first video the orchestra plays La bamba with a lot of energy and joy:

Tamburica orchestra KUD Dobreč – La bamba – Dragatuš 2006

Oblivion (Astor Piazzolla)

Other tunes played by this orchestra that can be found at youtube include Over the Rainbow, Lambada, Waltz No. 2 by Schostakovich, Besame Mucho or Perfidia.

Playlist with more videos, the playlist begins with a video from a cooperation of the orchestra with singer Janez Doltar:


Additional information

youtube channel KUD Dobrec


The Ultimate Mandolin Songbook: 26 Favorite Songs Arranged by Janet Davis (Amazon partnerlink)