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In the Bulgarian Orthodox Church there are two traditions of church singing - Eastern monodic (one-voice) singing and choral (polyphonic).
The Eastern monodic singing observes the tradition of Greek and Byzantine music as well as the requirements of the eight-voices polyphonic canon of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Diatonic scales predominate but in the Rhodope mountains, for example, pentatonic scales occur, while in Thrace chromatic scales with augmented intervals (similar to the music of Classical Greece).
Also, the intonation varies, and is quite different from the modern Western equal temperament.
Depending on whether the melody moves up or down, an interval can augment or decrease by a quarter tone.
The gaida of Bulgaria is worthy of its own subsection.
Thracian rituals such as the Zarezan, Kukeri and Martenitza are to this day kept alive in the modern Bulgarian culture.
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Today Orthodox music is alive and is performed both during church worship services and at concerts by secular choirs and soloists.
Contemporary Bulgarian worldwide recognized choirs and singers in whose repertoire permanently takes place the orthodox music are: Yoan Kukuzel Choir, Sofia Boys' Choir, Madrigal Sofia Choir, Sofia Orthodox Choir, Sofia Priest Choir, etc., worldwide famous opera singers Boris Christov and Nicola Ghiuselev.
The second tradition is the choral church music, established during the nineteenth century, when in Bulgaria enters the influence of Russian polyphonic choral church music.
Many Bulgarian composers (Dobri Hristov, Petar Dinev, etc.) create their works in the spirit of Russian polyphony.
In Bulgaria the gaida has been a long symbol of the country and its heritage, and is one of the more well-known instruments of the country. There is in the Rhodope mountains the deep-sounding kaba gaida.