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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57aSalemona Buļa sētadrawing or photograph
57bPetruļa Buļs, diža balsu zinātājadrawing or photograph
57cRozaļa Buļs, Petruļa Buļs, Didriķis Volganskisdrawing or photograph
58Bāleliņi mīļakoiFolksong
59Guli klusu, audzi lielsMelody
60Guli klusu, audzi lielsMelody
61Esot jauna, esot dižaMelody
62Mazgāšos rītā, agri celšosMelody
63Kuzekene, kuzekene, kalado, kaladoMelody
64Ciri viri cirgukeneMelody
65Ciri viri cirgukeneFolksong
66Sazaboru narunoju as ar savu ļaudaveņuMelody
67Sazaboru narunoju as ar savu ļaudaveņufolksong, 9 or more lines
68Kozys lelys, kozys mozysMelody
69Kozys lelys, kozys mozysfolksong, 1-6 lines
70As pa lugu pasavieruMelody
71As pa lugu pasavierufolksong, 9 or more lines
72As pa lugu pasavieruMelody
73Dancotuļu, spieleituļuMelody
74Dancotuļu, spieleituļuMelody
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Folk singer Marija ŠaltjāreImage1045-0001a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja, lībiete Marija Šaltjāre (dzimusi 1860. gadā) Pitragā, Dundagas pagastā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer in KolkaImage1045-0021a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicējs Kolkā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer with family in KolkaImage1045-0021b1930Emilis MelngailisTeicējs ar ģimeni Kolkā 1930. gadā.
Folk performers in KolkaImage1045-0021c1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēji Kolkā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer Salemons BuļsImage1045-0057a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Salemona Buļa sēta Greču ciemā, Nierzas pagastā 1930. gadā.
The folklore informant Petruļa BuļsImage1045-0057b1930Emilis MelngailisThe folklore informant Petruļa Buļs, village of Greči in Ņierza, knows many melodies, 1930.
Greči parish, near Nierza Image1045-0057c1930Emilis 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 parishImage1045-0099a1930Emilis 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 FolkloreImage1045-0149a1930Emilis 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 KristapaImage1045-0636a1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēji Made Misiņa (dzimusi 1850. gadā Tirzmaliešu Graužu Laimās), Mile Kristapa (dzimusi 1871. gadā Tirzas "Ķidās") Tirzas nespējnieku namā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer Lize AuguleImage1045-0636b1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Lize Augule (dzimusi 1869. gadā Velenu muižā) ar ģimeni Lizumā 1930. gadā.
Folk performer Lize AuguleImage1045-0636c1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Lize Augule (dzimusi 1869. gadā Velenu muižā) Lizumā 1930. gadā.
The Akmentiņš familyImage1045-0698a1930Emilis MelngailisThe Akmentiņš family in Jaunlaicene parish, "Skujenieki" farmstead. The singer grandmother Līze Akmentiņa.
Folk singers Ilze Dukule and Madaļa ErmikaImage1045-0706a1930Emilis MelngailisThe singers of Livonian melodies - Ilze Dukule from Bruniņciems and Madaļa Ermika from Sivaci.
The Ozoliņš family, the best singers - Milda Ozoliņa and grandfather OzoliņšImage1045-0737a1930Emilis MelngailisThe Ozoliņš family in "Kārklupes", Ilzene parish; the daughter-in-law Milda and grandfather Ozoliņš both are good singers.
Offshoot of Ozoliņš' familyImage1045-0737b1930Emilis MelngailisOzoliņu ģimenes atvase.
Lejasciems evangelic lutheran churchImage1045-0756a1930Emilis MelngailisLejasciema evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca 1930. gadā.
Folk singer Anna StabulnieceImage1045-0756b1930Emilis MelngailisTeicēja Anna Stabulniece (dzimusi 1856. gadā) Sinoles "Krācēs" 1930. gadā.
Music instrumentsImage1045-08201924Emilis MelngailisSenlatviskie mūzikas instrumenti.
Beggars' song near Orthodox churc in Augstpils parishImage1045-1197a1930Emilis MelngailisUbagu dziesma pie krievu baznīcas Augstpilī.
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