Bulgarian Folk Songs in a Digital Library


  • Lozanka Peycheva Institute for Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Moskovska Str. 6A, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Nikolay Kirov New Bulgarian University, Montevideo Str. 21, 1618 Sofia, Bulgaria; Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Block 8, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria




digitization, Bulgarian folk songs, digital library, search engine


The paper presents the main results of an ongoing project aimed at the development of technologies for digitization of Bulgarian folk music and building a heterogeneous digital library with Bulgarian folk songs presented with their music, notes and text. An initial digitization and preservation of the Bulgarian cultural heritage starts by means of digitization and insertion into the library of over 1000 songs that were recorded and written down during the 60s and 70s of XX century. Also we present a full text search engine in a collection of lyrics (text of songs) and coded notes (symbolic melody). Some perspectives for future projects are also discussed.


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How to Cite

Peycheva, L., & Kirov, N. (2011). Bulgarian Folk Songs in a Digital Library. Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage, 1, 60–68. https://doi.org/10.55630/dipp.2011.1.7