Nenić, Iva
June 2012
New Sound: International Magazine for Music;2012, Issue 38, p17
Academic Journal
The traditional music of Serbian gusle underwent significant changes in the last two decades, the major one being the verve that took place inwardly inside local traditional culture of gusle playing. However, there are also instances of outward changes, brought by gusle's placement in 'international' musical contexts where this instrument has been recently introduced. In this paper I shall analyze two recent works by Serbian composers Milica Paranosic and Aleksandra Vrebalov where gusle are featured: Morrigan's Song by former and... hold me, neighbor, in this storm... by latter. Although the ideology, genres and stylistic features of these works differ, they hold in common a specific manner in which the instrument and its distinctive sound is both 'exoticised' and deconstructed. I will argue that both works challenge the familiar notions of 'being-at-home' and 'standing somewhere else' and thus articulate alternate identity spaces, achieving this through the act of symbolic re-inscription of gusle's sound, appearance and function.


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