Into the Morin Huur – #009​ – What is Urtiin Duu, Long Song?

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Greetings everyone!

Welcome to this episode of the show “Into the Morin Huur” dedicated to the Mongolian national instrument “Morin Huur” as well as Mongolian arts and culture.

Content of this episode

Greetings: 0:00
Intro: 0:17​
Meaning of the Words “Urtiin Duu” – Part 1: 0:59​
Meaning of the Words “Urtiin Duu” – Part 2: 1:23​
Meaning of the Words “Urtiin Duu” – Part 3: 1:44​
Origins of the “Urtiin Duu”: 2:06​
Melismatic Music: 2:22​
Evolution, Philosophy and Spirituality of the “Urtiin Duu”: 2:43​
Singing Form of the “Urtiin Duu”: 3:43​
Classification: 4:06​
Statehood “Urtiin Duu”: 4:15​
Aizam “Urtiin Duu”: 4:37​
Shasdir “Urtiin Duu”: 4:57​
Gür “Urtiin Duu”: 5:19​
Tsoor “Urtiin Duu”: 5:48​
Five Genres’ Quality: 6:15​
Taboo “Urtiin Duu”: 6:28​
“Urtiin Duu” since 1930’s: 7:13​
New Classification of the “Urtiin Duu”: 8:06​
UNESCO’s Inscription: 8:42​
Gratitude toward Dorjdagva Myagmarsuren: 8:54​
Conclusion: 9:26​
Credits: 9:57

References and interesting links

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This video is non-profit and made for education purpose only, by a passionate individual that wish to share culture.

Website of Dorjdagva Myagmarsuren

If you are interested in ordering a painting from the Artist Norovsambu Baatartsog, know that he is a partner of the UUGUUL community and I can help you get in touch with him (if ever you don’t speak Mongolian).
You can find him on Facebook here.

Archived pictures are part of “Preservation through digitisation of rare photographic negatives from Mongolia (EAP264)”

About Byambyn Rinchen:
Byambyn Rinchen
Бямбын Ринчен

About Melismatic Music

Picture of celebration © Sonom-Ish Yundenbat

Picture of Horse Branding © J.Bat-Ireedui

Picture of Tibetan Music Notation

Picture of Shiliin Gol Province (map)

Urtiin Duu inscription – UNESCO

Some examples of Urtiin Duu


Ertnii saikhan
Khuurhun Haliun
Seruun saihan hangai


Tumen ekh
Khuur magnai
Erkhem tur
Olomgui dalai


Tegsh tavan husel
Durtmal saikhan


Huduu shil​


Toroi Bandi
Jaahan Sharga

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