Interpretations of the
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Интерпретации на „циганското" в представите за традиционната инструментална музикална дейност
Interpretations of the "Gypsy Element" in the Conceptions About Traditional Instrumental Music Playing

Author(s): Galin Georgiev
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: This article attempts to identify and outline individual aspects of the presence of Gypsies in the musical life of a group of centres of population in Southeastern Bulgaria, as a differentiated ethnographic microregion and local musical community. The observations on various interpretations of the "Gypsy element" featuring in the conceptions about traditional musical instrument playing do not go beyond the frameworks of the so-called "traditional" model of attitude to the Gypsies and indicate above all the specific point of view of the musicians, i.e. those who have been studied. In this manner the subject of the "Gypsy element" in the realm of musical activities presents valuable information for the study of the music processes, while the conceptions related to it correspond to ideas and beliefs of earlier cultural strata. Some socio-cultural and mythological aspects have been revealed of the rounds, made by gypsies with tamed bears, of the centres of population studied. Further on, while proceeding from the principle inherent in the traditional system of world outlook concerning the transfer of earlier archaic characteristics onto representatives of foreign ethnic and cultural communities, the author brings to the fore the thesis about the relationship between the categories of gypsy and the conceptions about the occupations of the village musician as a specialised type of activity.

  • Issue Year: 2000
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 11-27
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian