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Project code: 6-04-265

The Croatian Solo Song (Historical and Analytical Aspects)

Main researcher: KOS, KORALJKA (72375)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 06/01/92. to 12/31/95.

Papers on project (total): 20
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 1
Institution name: Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti, Zagreb (101)
Department/Institute: Department for art music and musicology
Address: Hebrangova 1
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)41 469-080

Summary: The individual research till now shows that the solo song, as a small nonrepresentative form, often was the only way of professional musical activity in Croatia. In the Croatian solo song the continuity and participation in the international stylistic development was realized. This project investigates the history of the Croatian solo song from the beginnings in the monodies of Athanasius Georgicaeus ("Pisni...", 1635) to the forst artistic culmination in the period of early romanticism in the first half of the 19th c. (Wiesner-Livadić, Lisinski). After the period of Ivan Zajc whose solo songs are in retardation in relation to the international late romantic style, the solo song of the so called "transitional" generation will be focused on (Bersa, Hatze, Pejačević) as examples of the aesthetics of the "fin de siecle" in music. From the period between the two world wars in the 29th c. the music of Baranović, Kunc, Odak, Širola and Parać was selected as representative for the assimilation of international trends and expression of the Croatian national identity in solo song. The recent tendencies in the development of the solo song have been researched on examples of the generation which worked mainly after the world war II (Bjelinski, Cipra, Lhotka-Kalinski). The Croatian solo song in each of these periods has been presented historically (the general background, the special conditions of the national development) and analytically on selected characteristic examples. In the analyses special attention is given to the interaction of text and music. Thi final monography will include the necessary scientific annexes i.e. notes, bibliographies, music examples, index of names and summaries. A cassette with selected music examples will be included to the book.

Keywords: Croatia, solo song, 19th century, 20th century, comparative studies, relation text-music, Lisinski, Wiesner-Livadić, Zajc, Bersa, Hatze, Pejačević, Odak, Širola, Baranović, Kunc, Parać, Bjelinski, Cipra, Lhotka-Kalinski

Research goals: The aim of this research is the survey of the development of the Croatian solo song in the European stylistic context. In the diacronical view the adherence to the international stylistic trend will be focused on. The other purpose is to present analytically the chosen musical examples and to show the characteristics of the means of musical expression and their interaction, particularly in the relation to the poetic text. There is also a practical aim of this research: the evidence of the musical sources which mostly are in manuscripts (not published) and to collect all relevant information on one place, i.e. in a monography. One of the results should be the afirmation of the Croatian musical heritage in musicological and cultural circles not only theoretically bit also in the musical practice; the research should be sitmulating to the publication of music of the solo songs and to the presentation of them in concerts in Croatia and abroad. The results should be scientific as well as cultural: the enriching of knowledge about the Croatian music and its afirmation.

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