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Musical Romania and the Neighbouring Cultures

Traditions – Influences – Identities- Proceedings of the International Musicological Conference- July 4–7 2013, Iaşi (Romania)


Laura Vasiliu, Florin Luchian and Loredana Iatesen

This book represents the volume of the International Musicological Conference «Musical Romania and Neighbouring Cultures. Traditions, Influences, Identities», which took place in Iaşi (Romania) and was organised by the George Enescu University of Arts Iaşi in collaboration with the International Musicological Society. The volume includes 35 papers of 38 authors who represent academic centres in Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania. The diverse topics include ancient Romanian, Balkan or East-European music, music iconography, Byzantine and folkloristic traditions, as well as modern and contemporary music. The articles propose theoretical and methodological documentation on the interactions between liturgical, folkloric and academic works within this multicultural space.
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The musics of the Prince: Music, ceremonies and representations of the Princely power at the courts of Walachia and Moldavia during the 17th and 18th centuries (first part)


The Musics of the Prince:Music, Ceremonies and Representations of the Princely Power at the Courts of Walachia and Moldavia during the 17th and 18th Centuries (First Part)

Nicolae GheorghiţăOrchestra Conducting and Complementary Instruments DepartmentNational University of Music Bucharest,Str. Ştirbei Vodă, Sector 1, BucureştiROMÂ


The Romanian Principalities went under the jurisdiction of the Ottoman Empire beginning with the half of the 16th century. This meant that the princes of the two provinces at the northern part of Danube were appointed and dismissed depending on the Sultan’s caprices or on the moods of some high dignitaries at the Sublime Porte. The ceremonies taken over from the Sultan’s court were to be superimposed over the Byzantine religious and secular rites in a world where the Greek and Turkish traditions and languages were fighting to gain supremacy over the French and the Italian one, but also over the Western Europe clothing and artistic practices. The current study investigates the musical background of the prince court ceremonies at the religious and secular fests and its role in complementing the glamorous scenery and in representing and glorifying the princes’ absolute power.


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