The attitude of the state sphere towards singing associations in Serbia and Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Odnos sfere države prema pevačkim udruženjima u Srbiji i Kraljevini Jugoslaviji
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Financial dependence of singing societies in the state of Serbia and Kingdom of Yugoslavia is particularly analyzed in the paper, with a view to pointing to problems which hindered the advancement of music culture in the civil society. As other similar institutions of civic type, choirs did not have at their disposal sufficient financial, social and symbolic capital independent of the state, so they did not possess the power to influence on the government authorities. Although the period between World Wars brought evident improvement in the state treatment of music institutions, it could not be interpreted as a fundamental shift. The treatment of the Yugoslav singing union (Južnoslovenski pevački savez), which fought for promotion of music culture in the Yugoslav society, is particularly indicative. This largest music organization in the country, fostering ideology of integral Yugoslavism, strived to contribute to ethnic and social cohesion of different regions through singing. In its ...plans for improving singing practice this organization exhibited a clear vision for activism in favor of the nation and state, but the state authorities did not know how or did not desire to make use of it. Certain information suggests indolent and at times negative, discouraging attitude of authorities towards different ways of improvement of music practice, both art and society wise, which opens a new horizon for future studies and for better comprehension of contemporary problems as well.
U radu su analizirani pojedini aspekti odnosa sfere države prema pevačkim udruženjima kao najmasovnijim muzičkim institucijama civilnog tipa u Srbiji do 1918. i Kraljevini SHS/Jugoslaviji. Cilj je da se ukaže na socijalni kontekst problema koji su ometali unapređenje muzičke kulture srpskog i jugoslovenskog društva.