Collection of Emilis Melngailis

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Collection of Emilis Melngailis

The collection of folk music materials, collected by Emilis Melngailis between 1899 to 1943. The collection holds more than 10.000 folklore units, half of them - transcripts of melodies, and 46 photographs, which is the largest number of photographic images in a single collection in the inter-war period.

Emilis Melngailis is one of the most prominent folk music collectors in Latvia. He studied music in Dresden and St. Petersburg. In his collecting efforts he travelled Latvia and Lithuania, also writing down the melodies of other ethnic groups (like the Jews (he designates them 'Hebrew'), and the Livonians – the people that once gave the name to the territory that is now known as Latvia). Emilis Melngailis also took photos of his informants and their environment. The material collected by him were published in the three volumes of the book “Latviešu mūzikas folkloras materiāli” (The Materials of Latvian Musical Folklore): in 1951 Korsa (the western part of Latvia) with 1,326 melodies, in 1952 Maliena (the eastern part) with 1,676 and in 1953 Vidiena (the midlands) with 1,153 melodies, appendix and an endnote with an interesting motto: It is not possible to tell the depth without wading in.

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#LFK-1045-11Knaš neitst valdā puķkesMelody
#LFK-1045-1a1aLiba [Marija] Šaltjars Pitragādrawing or photograph
#LFK-1045-22Kūl, kūl, kuz kielā zvanebedMelody
#LFK-1045-33Kūl, kūl, kuz kielā zvanebedfolksong, 1-6 lines
#LFK-1045-44Kursa läde māri neitšaMelody
#LFK-1045-66Kursa läde luķja kibarMelody
#LFK-1045-77Mädem mierste voigest aige kakše virist varzeMelody
#LFK-1045-88Tenč tonč maņekadMelody
#LFK-1045-99Ku sa kazist, knaše neitste, kuna sinda EbonenMelody
#LFK-1045-1010Kroge Anni azuntatejMelody
#LFK-1045-1111Piškes diret sure diret togad lapsten un da juretMelody
#LFK-1045-1212Tika bokaks skangarpel, rouditarra imerkoutMelody
#LFK-1045-1313Tika bokaks skangarpel, rouditarra imerkoutfolksong, 1-6 lines
#LFK-1045-1414Juņa lekše ainenitem ligo, ligofolksong, 1-6 lines
#LFK-1045-1515Juņa lekše ainenitem ligo, ligofolksongs
#LFK-1045-1616Es ar sav' baleliņfolksong, 7-8 lines
#LFK-1045-1717Es ar sav' baleliņfolksong, 7-8 lines
#LFK-1045-1818Ai žu, ai žu lāča bērnichildren song or rhyme
#LFK-1045-1919Ai žu, ai žu lāča bērnichildren song or rhyme
#LFK-1045-2020Činku činku garbu grabfolksong, 1-6 lines
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Folk singer Marija ŠaltjārePhoto1045-0001a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja, lībiete Marija Šaltjāre (dzimusi 1860. gadā) Pitragā, Dundagas pagastā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer in KolkaPhoto1045-0021a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicējs Kolkā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer with family in KolkaPhoto1045-0021b1930Emilis MelngailisTeicējs ar ģimeni Kolkā 1930. gadā.
Folk performers in KolkaPhoto1045-0021c1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēji Kolkā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer Salemons BuļsPhoto1045-0057a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Salemona Buļa sēta Greču ciemā, Nierzas pagastā 1930. gadā.
The folklore informant Petruļa BuļsPhoto1045-0057b1930Emilis MelngailisThe folklore informant Petruļa Buļs, village of Greči in Ņierza, knows many melodies, 1930.
Greči parish, near Nierza Photo1045-0057c1930Emilis MelngailisIn the middle - a great singer Rozaļa Buļs, 85 years of age. The last on the left - another great singer Petruļa Buļs. Behind the older Rozaļa, in a black hat - Didriķis Volganskis from Kolka.
Singers from Barkava parishPhoto1045-0099a1930Emilis MelngailisĢertrūde Elksne, daughter of the main singer Agate Borozinska (born 1859), from "Silavnieki" of Borkova parish of Rēzekne region. From the "Jaunzemnieki" farmstead of the same parish - Bārbala Kokare (born 1861).
Working at the Archives of Latvian FolklorePhoto1045-0149a1930Emilis MelngailisWorking at the Archives of Latvian Folklore. Writing down the songs. From the left: 1. Ģertrūde Elksne, 2. Agate Borozinska, 3. Bārbala Kokare, 4. Emilis Melngailis (writing), 5. professor Kārlis Straubergs.
Folk performers Made Misiņa un Mile KristapaPhoto1045-0636a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēji Made Misiņa (dzimusi 1850. gadā Tirzmaliešu Graužu Laimās), Mile Kristapa (dzimusi 1871. gadā Tirzas "Ķidās") Tirzas nespējnieku namā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer Lize AugulePhoto1045-0636b1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Lize Augule (dzimusi 1869. gadā Velenu muižā) ar ģimeni Lizumā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer Lize AugulePhoto1045-0636c1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Lize Augule (dzimusi 1869. gadā Velenu muižā) Lizumā 1930. gadā.
The Akmentiņš familyPhoto1045-0698a1930Emilis MelngailisThe Akmentiņš family in Jaunlaicene parish, "Skujenieki" farmstead. The singer grandmother Līze Akmentiņa.
Folk singers Ilze Dukule and Madaļa ErmikaPhoto1045-0706a1930Emilis MelngailisThe singers of Livonian melodies - Ilze Dukule from Bruniņciems and Madaļa Ermika from Sivaci.
The Ozoliņš family, the best singers - Milda Ozoliņa and grandfather OzoliņšPhoto1045-0737a1930Emilis MelngailisThe Ozoliņš family in "Kārklupes", Ilzene parish; the daughter-in-law Milda and grandfather Ozoliņš both are good singers.
Offshoot of Ozoliņš' familyPhoto1045-0737b1930Emilis MelngailisOzoliņu ģimenes atvase.
Lejasciems evangelic lutheran churchPhoto1045-0756a1930Emilis MelngailisLejasciema evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca 1930. gadā.
Folk singer Anna StabulniecePhoto1045-0756b1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Anna Stabulniece (dzimusi 1856. gadā) Sinoles "Krācēs" 1930. gadā.
Music instrumentsPhoto1045-08201924Emilis MelngailisSenlatviskie mūzikas instrumenti.
Beggars' song near Orthodox churc in Augstpils parishPhoto1045-1197a1930Emilis MelngailisUbagu dziesma pie krievu baznīcas Augstpilī.
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