Collection of Emilis Melngailis

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1045
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Collection of Emilis Melngailis
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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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1Knaš neitst valdā puķkesMelody
1aLiba [Marija] Šaltjars Pitragādrawing or photograph
2Kūl, kūl, kuz kielā zvanebedMelody
3Kūl, kūl, kuz kielā zvanebedfolksong, 1-6 lines
4Kursa läde māri neitšaMelody
6Kursa läde luķja kibarMelody
7Mädem mierste voigest aige kakše virist varzeMelody
8Tenč tonč maņekadMelody
9Ku sa kazist, knaše neitste, kuna sinda EbonenMelody
10Kroge Anni azuntatejMelody
11Piškes diret sure diret togad lapsten un da juretMelody
12Tika bokaks skangarpel, rouditarra imerkoutMelody
13Tika bokaks skangarpel, rouditarra imerkoutfolksong, 1-6 lines
14Juņa lekše ainenitem ligo, ligofolksong, 1-6 lines
Melody
15Juņa lekše ainenitem ligo, ligofolksongs
16Es ar sav' baleliņfolksong, 7-8 lines
Melody
17Es ar sav' baleliņfolksong, 7-8 lines
18Ai žu, ai žu lāča bērnichildren song or rhyme
Melody
19Ai žu, ai žu lāča bērnichildren song or rhyme
20Činku činku garbu grabfolksong, 1-6 lines
Melody
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The folklore informant Eda Ķimele by a building with a shingle roofImage1045-4790a1931Emilis MelngailisA shingle roof in "Strāķi" of Renda. Eda Ķimele with her grandchildren standing there.
Doors with two benchesImage1045-4855a1931Emilis MelngailisDurvis ar diviem soliem Sventājā, Palangā 1931. gadā.
Folk performers Andrejs Dieviņš and Marģieta DieviņaImage1045-4855b1931Emilis MelngailisTeicēji Andrejs Dieviņš (dzimis 1874. gadā) un Marģieta Dieviņa Sventājā, Palangā 1931. gadā.
The folklore informantsImage1045-4858a1931Emilis MelngailisThe great singers in Paliepģire near Palanga. Mariņķe Uksele with her niece Marģieta Pipare (born 1872) on the right.
Folk performer Marģieta Pipars with sonsImage1045-4860a1931Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Marģieta Pipars (dzimusi 1865. gadā, mirusi 1961. gadā) ar dēliem Paliebģirī, Palangā 1931. gadā.
Skew barn in RucavaImage1045-4890a1931Emilis MelngailisSašķiebusies klēts Rucavā 1931. gadā.
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1045-0001aImage1045-0001alvYesYesNo
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1045-0021bImage1045-0021blvYesYesNo
1045-0021cImage1045-0021clvYesYesNo
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1045-0057bImage1045-0057blvYesYesNo
1045-0057cImage1045-0057clvYesYesNo
1045-0099aImage1045-0099alvYesYesNo
1045-0149aImage1045-0149alvYesYesNo
1045-0636aImage1045-0636alvYesYesNo
1045-0636bImage1045-0636blvYesYesNo
1045-0636cImage1045-0636clvYesYesNo
1045-0698aImage1045-0698alvYesYesNo
1045-0706aImage1045-0706alvYesYesNo
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1045-0737bImage1045-0737blvYesYesNo
1045-0756aImage1045-0756alvYesYesNo
1045-0756bImage1045-0756blvYesYesNo
1045-0820Image1045-0820lvYesYesNo
1045-1197aImage1045-1197alvYesYesNo
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