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“Doina ciobanului” performed by Ilie Cazacu at pipe (“fluier”) and Petruț Țăranu at folk lute (“cobză”), field recording from 1965. Romanian traditional shepherd folk song from Fundu Moldovei village, Moldova, Bucovina area.

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“When the shepherd lost his sheep” is a popular archaic folk theme across all folkloric areas inhabited by Romanians. It tells a story about a shepherd who lost his flock and engages in a search to find them. Every time he believes he found the flock, he is disappointed by the reality that he made a mistake and all he found was rocks, clouds, shrubs or similar items of lesser value.

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