Sheet Music: Sadi moma bela loza

TitleSadi moma bela loza
Alternate titlesThe Free Software Song
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ComposerTraditional Bulgarian
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature7/8
Tempo126 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-05-16
Last updated2012-05-16
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Dance tunes, Gypsy music, Traditional/Folk


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Wednesday 16 May 2012

Tune of the Day: Sadi moma bela loza

Traditional Bulgarian tune

This folk tune, whose title means “A girl planted a vine”, comes from Bulgaria. Those unaccustomed to odd rhythms could take its unevenness to be a mistake, but the tune is really in 7/8 time. The meter can be analyzed into three subgroups as slow-quick-quick or 3-2-2. Such meters in Bulgarian music can often be stretched, and some musicians play this song as 3-2-3 instead; however, Yves Moreau, who collected and taught the dance, endorses the rhythm of 7.

This is the tune used by Richard Stallman for “The Free Software Song”.