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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)


Edited By 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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Melodic aspects in contemporary popular dance from Moldavia


Ciprian ChiţuDepartment of Theoretical Music Studies„George Enescu“ University of Arts IaşiStr. Horia 7–9, Iaş


Our study has not been fulfilled following exhaustive intentions and it proposes a synthetic means of approaching the problematic of dance melodics corresponding to the areas of Moldavia and Bucovina. The intonational variety constitutes an essential feature of dance music. The technical particularities of the instruments determine, overall, the predominance of diatonicism as well as the preference for a certain ornamenting style. For this study, we have also selected some melodies that I myself collected from certain parts of Moldavia. The analyses are presented in an evolutional manner, starting with oligochord scale structures such as the tetrachord and gradually approaching complex modes of seven, eight diatonic sounds, chromatic, acoustic or with tonal influences.


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