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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)

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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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Musical Culture of Minorities in the Romanian Music; Dynamics, Evolution, Role and Interaction in the Surrounding Areas

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Veronica GasparNational University of Music BucharestStr. Biserica Amzei 5–7, Sector I, BucureştiROMANIAgasparveronica@yahoo.com

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The study of the Romanian musical culture is yet lacking of a thorough analyse concerning the contribution of the Gypsies and Jewish peoples. The present study aims at revealing the dynamics, role and evolution of the aforementioned minorities in both the configuration of the Romanian internal musical specificity and its interactions with the vicinities. Starting from the hypothesis of music as social text (Shepherd 1991) we shall analyse some relevant aspects of the intercultural communication and the musical life in the communities in the Romanian territories, before and after the global implementation of the Western musical institutions (Brăiloiu 1954/ Djuvara 1995). We intend to emphasize especially the role of the Gypsies and Jews as well in the preservation of the tradition as in the mutual influences inside and outside the acknowledged frontiers. An overview of those musical cultures having significant role in the Romanian music leads to reconsider the concept of musical neighbourhood (Bartók 1915). The comprehension of the historical evolution of the musical life in Romania needs knowledge and acknowledgment of the Jews and Gypsy musical culture.

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