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„Bogurodzica” na współczesnej polskiej scenie muzycznej. Kilka słów o recepcji
„Bogurodzica” on the contemporary music scene. A few words on critical reception

Author(s): Adam Regiewicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Music, Studies of Literature, Middle Ages, Polish Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: “Bogurodzica”; musicality; medievalism; intermediality
Summary/Abstract: “Bogurodzica” has for centuries constituted one of the pillars of Polish culture. As the oldest religious song written in Polish, it designates avenues of interpretation of the medieval aesthetics both in literature and musicology. Moreover, its influence on society and the emergence of national identity cannot be overstated. Due to this monumental, sacrosanct nature, „Bogurodzica” has become an exhibit in the museum of medieval imagery. However, a song, even one which remains a symbol of the past, is always subject to revision during its performance. Thanks to its musical interpretation and reinterpretation, „Bogurodzica” can be read anew and made relevant, while those interpretations reveal hidden discourses. The following article aims at analyzing selected contemporary performances of the literary and musical relic, ruminating on its role in contemporary popular culture and the perception of the Middle Ages suggested by those performances.