‘Gorani’ – Medieval Armenian Song

‘Gorani’ is a medieval Armenian love song, centered in the village of Mush. The instrumentation and harmony added to the recording are atypical of the time period, as most instrumentation was limited to minimal percussion and harmonies were generally nonexistent. The rhythm of this song is 5/4, which is common in the Armenian, as well as in Balkan regions. In general, however, songs of this period were arhythmic, with an irregular tempo and music that was guided by the words more than by the rhythms.

Below, please find a personal arrangement of the piece with its score and recording.