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Traditional music of Mongolia

I wrote this brief overview in 1994, it will be updated as and when I find the time If you would like to comment, make any corrections and add new insights, then please email me at  ormi_khöö .Also check out Carole Peggs’s excellent book (2001) Mongolian Music, Dance & Oral Narrative (University of Washington Press ISBN 0 295 98030 3) for a real in depth insight. Please click on the titles below for more information





Individual Lessons Info


Film Clips

Collaborations & Previous Projects


Concert info

TV Film Radio

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Mongolian Music

Mongolian Khöömii Singers & Info

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Vocal Music of Mongolia

Long Song (Urtyn Duu) Short Song (Bogino Duu)  Praise Songs (Magtaal) Epics (Tuul) & Legends (Domog) 

Khöömii Mongolian Overtone Singing, Amaar Limbedekh (imitation of flute with the voice)

Instrumental Music of Mongolia

Amaan Khuur (sometimes Khel Khuur, Khel means tongue) Jews harps

Tömör Khuur Khulsan Khuur (Bamboo Mouth Harp)

Morin Khuur (horse head fiddle)

Tobshuur (2 striing fretless plucked lute)

Limbe (transverse mirliton flute)

Tsuur (Three holed vertical end blown flute with vocal drone)

Yatag (half tube plucked zither with movable bridges)

Shudraga or Shanz (Three stringed fretless snakeskin lute)

Khuuchir and Dorvon Chikhtei Khuur (two and four stringed spiked fiddle)

Yochin (Hammered Dulcimer)


More instruments and picture updates to be continued….


Here is some information that I have found on the net.


Mongolian Traditional Music adapted from Boris Avramets


Traditional Songs and Dances of Mongolia by Ensemble Tumbash



By D. Shandagdorji, P. Khorloo, N. Zantsannoro


Mongolian Music by the ENSEMBLE EGSCHIGLEN


batterjoe tobshuur

henning haslund Chakhar Mongol Khil Kkuur with horse head.close up jpg.jpg