Problems of ethnomusicology journal

«Problems of ethnomusicology» № 15 (2), 2016



Kaluzhnikova Tatiana

Myth as a structural and semantic basis of musical compositions by Margarita Kesareva

Margarita Kesareva is an original Russian composer, representative of the «new folklore wave». The main source of the composer’s work is the poetry of the Urals incantations. In Kesareva’s works, the author of the article reveals verbal and musical complexes performing the function of stable mythological motives. With their help in the work of Kesareva a whole universe is created, organized according to mythological laws.

Key words
composers of the Urals, Margarita Kesareva, semantics of musical works, incantations, myth


Nikeshicheva Valentina, Belogurova Larisa

On the 80th anniversary of «Intonational elements of Russian chastushka»

The article is devoted to the 80th anniversary of the publication of the article by Evgeny Hippius «Intonational elements of the Russian chastushka» — the first ethnomusicological study devoted to this genre. The main points of the work are well known to specialists, but some productive ideas still remain outside the readers’ field of vision.

Key words:

Evgeny Hippius, chastushka, history of Russian ethnomusicology


Klymenko Iryna

Ukrainian and Belarusian areas of ritual tunes as the core of the Slavic-Baltic massif of earliest traditions

The ritual folklore of a group of neighboring ethnic groups Slavic-Baltic area (Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles, Russians, Lithuanians) submitted by developed song cycles of the agricultural circle and the wedding ritual is seen in the geographical aspect. 10 overview maps that illustrate the common principles of song morphology in a series of multi-ethnic areas, combining a huge space, for which the author proposed the definition of «Slavic-Balt earlytraditional massif».

Key words

Slavic and Baltic ethnic groups, folk songs, typology, areas, musical-folkloric maps


Velichkovska Rodna

Ritual singing on St. George’s Day in Macedonia

The rituals, dedicated to St. George’s Day, form an important part of the traditional culture of the Macedonians. This holiday performs a border function, dividing the winter and summer half-year. The article generalizes rich ethnographic material, in which the main mythological concepts of the ritual are embodied. The article is illustrated by musical and poetic samples of St. George songs from different regions of Macedonia.

Key words

folk culture of Macedonia, St. George’s Day, St. George rites and songs


Engovatova Margarita

Wedding songs from Zakamye with an equal segmented rhythm: structure and semantics

The subject of the author’s interest are wedding songs of a certain rhythmic structure fixed in Zakamye — equal segmented with three-time segments. In the ritual, these tunes are distinguished not only by their structural characteristics, but also by the conditions of execution, namely, by the connection with certain ritual situations.

Key words

Zakamye region, wedding songs, equal segmented rhythm, semantics of folklore texts

 Novikova Olga

The songs of the Barguzin Buryats: modern existing of tradition

The song tradition of the Barguzin Buryats, saving the living functioning, presented mainly lyric songs. With disappearance of epos and some other genres it serves as an ethnic marker of this ethnic local group of Buryat. In songs of the Barguzin Buryat it is possible to observe not only feature of metropolitan song culture (the upper reaches of the Lena river), but also the connection with the East Buryat song tradition.

Key words

Buryatia, musical folklore of the Buryat, genres of Buryat national songs, duun