Do They Sound Like Bells or Like Howling Wolves?: Interferential Diaphony in Bistritsa- An Investigation Into a Multi-Part Singing Tradition in a Midd (Vergleichende Musikwissenschaft #7) (Hardcover)

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This study represents a thorough investigation of a polyphonic vocal village tradition in Bistritsa, Bulgaria. Outsiders describe the narrow intervals of these songs as being maximally rough, while the singers themselves experience their performance as smooth, beautiful and pleasant. Almost identical polyphonic traditions can be found in places sometimes thousands of kilometers apart. This inquiry is carried out within a very broad and comparative context, whereby historical sources, the origin of different constituents and etymologies as well as electronic sound analysis are taken into account. The results are stunning and ever more relevant - and not just for ethnomusicologists: The babi or grannies of Bistritsa and their songs have been inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind in 2008.

About the Author


Gerald Florian Messner, an internationally renowned ethnomusicologist, has conducted extensive fieldwork in the areas of ritual and primary performance and different traditional singing styles in South-Eastern Europe, Oceania and Indonesia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783631629109
ISBN-10: 3631629109
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: July 10th, 2013
Pages: 419
Language: English
Series: Vergleichende Musikwissenschaft