Midsummer ś songs in Slovakia as a component part of the Slovak cultural tradition
The territory of Slovakia belongs to one of those regions of Europe where is an extant repertoire of ritual songs which are associated with the celebration of Midsummer and St. John’s Day. Analysis of the textual and musical components of the Midsummer songs has enabled a reconstruction of the ritual context. It has confirmed assumption that songs with a ritual function conserve many contextual associations of singing, which retrospectively illuminate the vanished forms of ritual. A comparative sounding of the song repertoire of selected Slavonic ethnic groups (Czech/Moravian, Polish, Croatian, Ruthenian, White Russian) has contributed to the study of common elements and semantic analogies in Midsummer rituals. It helps to verify data on the relationship of the “text” (song) and “context” (ritual), acquired by analysis of song material which is territorially/ethnically delimited, as well as to study Slavonic tradition of the celebration of summer solstice.
Ústav hudobnej vedy SAV, Dúbravská 9, 841 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
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