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Бележки към песните на Мильо Басан
Notes on the Songs of Milyo Basan

Author(s): Mihail Lukanov
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: schlager; urban folk; popular song; Milyo Basan; Bulgarian musical heritage.

Summary/Abstract: This article explores particular aspects of the Milyo Basan’s creative activities, associated with the Bulgarian contribution in the development of schlager, a predominant song genre in European popular music during the first half of the twentieth century. Drawing attention to socio-cultural and stylistic patterns of schlager, generally thought of as sweet, overly sentimental music which features mostly simple and catchy tunes, the analysis here offers a more detailed look at some of the most popular Basan’s songs composed in the 1930s. A special attention is paid to the role of Basan as a composer who, in a sense, outlined dominant trends of Bulgarian popular song in the years to follow. In addition, it is argued that the complex analytical approach to the study of schlager might elucidate some specific issues concerning the twentieth century musical heritage, especially in terms of its intrinsic dynamics and the continuity of given musical phenomena in Bulgaria.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 57-67
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian