Gusle-making in Serbia between Tradition and the Market
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2017 readbox unipress; Gisa Jähnichen (Ed.)
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The place of gusle among the Serbian traditional instruments is on the one hand determined by its subordinate role in the vocal-instrumental performances of epics, and, on the other hand, by its prestigious status in the national culture owing to the overall significance of this genre. The relevance of research of gusle-making was pointed to not only in the material changes in the instrument itself manifested accross time, but also in the earlier literature of ethnographic kind. Ethnomusicological approaches from the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century mostly deal with musical practice and, hence – with music and musicians, putting the phenomenon of instrument-making on the margin. Gusles as a part of traditional epic performance practice were also examined from the perspective of communication theory which, once more, left the topic of instrument making unexplored. Therefore, the 2017 Meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments and its main theme... served as an impetus for the research of this missing aspect.
Keywords:gusle / epics / tradition / market / musical instruments / intangible cultural heritage
Source:Studia instrumentorum musicae popularis V (New Series), 2017, V, 201-212
- Münster : readbox unipress
- Serbian musical identities within local and global frameworks: traditions, changes, challenges (RS-177004)
- SIMP *5. Series of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments. SIMP *5 is volume V of Studia Instrumentorum Musicae Popularis (New Series).