muzik shqip is a mixture of influences of versatile nature. The music is different in the various regions of Albania. The trend is peculiar in each region. For example –The established music of the Ghegs in the north and the Tosks in the south are dissimilar from each other. Music has changed in style and that is observable from the contemporary music of the Tirana and Shkoder. As early as the 1920’s a composer by the name of Fan.S.Noli has reproduced pieces in Albanian classical music.
Muzik shqip is the result of the progressive sense of music developed by the dominations Albania has been subjected to militarily as well as culturally. It is a combination of Southeastern European and Turkish influence. It is intriguing that the Albanians succeeded in conserving their cultural identity in spite of the long period of oppression.
Albanian music can be divided in 3 heads. The Northern is the more rough one while the southern is sweet melody. Confusing rhythms are to be mentioned like 3/8, 5\8,and 10\8. The first Albanian music compiling was done by Pjeter Dungu. Albanian folk songs are a constituent of all celebrations and holidays. Cradlesongs and laments also comprise the muzik shqip and are sung by women alone. Epic poetry called Rapsodi Kreshnike are sung and they are accompanied by the Lahuta which is in reality a one string fiddle. The shepherd’s music is musical. They make use of musical instruments that are home made. It is a unique clarinet. The music of this clan is pensive. Muzik shqip is renowned for the funeral laments that start with a chorus. Folk Love songs are also a Southern Albanian tradition. The Tosks are popular for their ensembles like the violins and clarinets. The city of Permet is the epitome of Musical innovations of the south. Outstanding musicians like Remzi Lela and Laver Bariu have to their credit a dynasty of music.
Southern musical instruments the sedate kaba, is an ensemble of violin, accordion and clarinet. The melody oozed out from it is historical and fresh as Kim Burton depicts it. Albanian culture is marked by the combination of feelings of love with control. A few commendable musicians of Albania are – Altin Shira, Eli Fara, Flora Gashi,Laver Bariu, Irini Qirjako and many others.
Korca the cultural center of Albania has been the epicenter of refined music. Tirana is also the eye of popular music . Kosovo is also a home for muzik shqip. It has been distributed far and wide by artists like Merita Halili and Myslim Leli. Influence from Western Europe and the United States have led to the growth of bands that play rock, and hip-hop. Muzik shqip has not been researched in entirety. It is an age-old treasure waiting to arrive at the world at large. A great composer of Albanian classical music was Mart Gjoka who was famous for his composing of several vocal and instrumental music. He made use of urban art songs and northern highland folk tunes to compose. Cesk Zadeja was considered the founder of Albanian classical music. His composition changed from symphonies to ballets. Later muzik shqip focused on operas, ballets. A few musical instruments utilised in Albanian music are Klarineta, Tepsia, Zumarja, Surlja,etc.