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Wokół problemu definiowania muzyki cygańskiej
On the problem of defining the Gypsy music

Author(s): Monika Janowiak-Janik
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Sociology, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Muzeum Okręgowe w Tarnowie
Keywords: Roma; music; definitions; theories

Summary/Abstract: The article attempts at pointing out the selected aspects of discussions held in the relevant literature on the concept of Gypsy music. Although for centuries it has been admired and appreciated, its phenomenon has not been yet exhaustively defined. A wide range of repertoire and musical styles that have been exposed to various in¬fluences and practiced by different Gypsy groups determines that there is no shared idiom of Gypsy music. Like the ethnic identity of Gypsies, Gypsy music is not something unchangeable and homogeneous. It is a dynamic entity that is created and performed in ever-changing conditions and situations. That is why the designation of Gypsy music depends on the broader context in which it functions. The criteria for the recognition of music as Gypsy are much differentiated, as is the music itself. The origins of musical works, their features, language and content may be equally important as their aesthetics and market value.

  • Issue Year: 6/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 13-25
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English, Polish, Romany