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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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Gregorian Melos in the Catholic Environment in 20th Century Moldova


Florin SpatariuCatholic Theological Institute “Sf. Iosif”Str. Văscăuţeanu 6, Iaş


In a geographical area that was relatively sheltered from a strong influx of the dominant Catholic culture and religion of the Occident, the Romanian territory and former historical region between the Eastern Carpathians and the Prut River, Moldova housed many Catholic communities in the 20th century. In addition to the religious and cultural educational factors, these communities preserved a rich musical repertoire of the purest Gregorian modalism. In this presentation, I propose a four-point analysis, where I will develop the following subjects: 1. Gregorian music in the context of the Catholic Church; 2. Religious documents concerning Catholic sacred music of the twentieth century; 3. Sacred and Gregorian music in the twentieth century Moldova; 4. Catholic religious music schools in the twentieth century.


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