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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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Psalm and Psalmody. Continuity & Discontinuity. Tradition & Novelty. Unity & Diversity – with references at Psalmus by Ştefan Niculescu


Psalm and Psalmody.Continuity & Discontinuity. Tradition & Novelty. Unity & Diversity – with references at Psalmus by Ştefan Niculescu

Carmen ChelaruDepartment of Theoretical Music Studies“George Enescu” University of Arts IaşiStr. Horia 7–9, Iaş


The Psalm is one of the oldest forms of religious incantation – actually, a very persistent one! This means that the psalm is not only an archaic poetic-musical form, but also a still living one – in the rituals, and professional elaborate music as well. These are the main respects we have chosen to investigate and comment this complex form of spiritual expression, this exposal being a brief beginning. The introduction and the first part refer at the psalm roots, also at two main directions in the history of the genre: the Hebrew and the Christian Psalmody. On the other hand, the Christian Psalmody has kept certain common features, but, at the same time it changed considerably the psalm importance during the ritual, theological interpretations of the text, even the musical performance manner. For space reasons, we refer here at the Romanian Orthodox chant only. The second part of our exposal comments Psalms approach, both in letter and in spirit, by the 20th century music – with reference at a vocal work by Ştefan Niculescu: Psalmus for six voices (1993). The Romanian composers of 20th century noticed the remarkable resemblances between the doina-like manner of the folk music – see Enescu’s Monophonic Prelude from the 1st Suite for orchestra – and...

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