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The Music of the Dumy

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The Institute's seminar series at the University of Alberta commenced on 18 September. Dr. Andrij Hornjatkevyc, assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Slavic languages, spoke on "The Music of the Dumy."

Dr. Hornjatkevyc first addressed the question of the nature of the folk epic. It is an oral narrative that, in effect, is created anew at each performance. This skill is acquired through a lengthy period of study with a master during which the disciple acquires the "grammar" (both lexical and musical) of the art form.

The speaker then showed how this process is applied to the rendering of Ukrainian dumy. He explained the compositional structure of the duma text and dwelt on the melodic mode in particular. Dr. Hornjatkevyc concluded his presentation by performing the duma about Marusia of Bohuslav while accompanying himself on the bandura.

A lively discussion followed the presentation.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 4 Issue 1 (Winter 1979)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: September 18, 1979
Contributor: Andrij Hornjatkevyc
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette





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