A musical map of the Turkic-speaking people based on a field work series from 1936 till our days

Sipos, János (2013) A musical map of the Turkic-speaking people based on a field work series from 1936 till our days. In: Abstact of the Second International Scientific Ethnomuscological Congress within the Fourth International Ethnofestival-Contest ’Voices of the Golden Steppe". Ministry of Culture of the Astrakhan Region, the State Folkore centre „Astrakhanskaya pesnya, Oroszország/Astrakhan, p. 43. ISBN 978-5-902742-61-6

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János Sipos A musical map of the Turkic-speaking people based on a field work series from 1936 till our days Though comparative study of all sorts is always being undertaken, things that are considered old-fashioned return as new discoveries. And really to write a comparative study on the musical styles of Turkic people seems a good idea, As these people has been playing an essential role in Asia, their music is very important to get acquainted with the Central Asian musical world. We do not know the folk music of many Turkic people. Lexicons are sometimes too sloppy, and many articles in this topic contain no or only a few transcriptions or analysis. However in the first half of the 20th century a research series had begun. The first steps were about the eastern connections of the Hungarian folk music, but the research soon turned to a comprehensive musical study of a large area. In 1936 Béla Bartók did his Anatolian expedition, then in 1957-1978 László Vikár collected and analyzed the folk music of Chuvas, Tatar and Bashkir people and from 1987 till our days I have been continuing this research among Anatolian Turk (also Alevi-Bektashis), Azeri, Karachay, Western and Mongolian Kazakh and Kyrgyz people. The research ranged over the music of some non-Turkic people as well (Tuvanian, Iranian, Jews etc.). In my paper I introduce some lessons of this many-decades research and try to sketch a map of the main styles of the Turkic speaking people. I also touch some questions: How can we characterize the musical repertoire of a people? How one can compare different folk music? What kind of connection is there between the musical and linguistic relationship of the Turkic-speaking people? Is it worth the trouble to be on the track of ancient Turkic musical layers? I illustrate the paper with the transcriptions of my video and audio recordings I made during my Asian field works.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation / földrajz, antropológia, kikapcsolódás > GR Folklore / etnológia, folklór, kulturális antropológia
M Music and Books on Music / zene, szövegkönyvek, kották > M1 Music / zene
Depositing User: Dr. János Sipos
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 10:31
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 10:31

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