Ohrid, Veles, Bitola and Skopje as Centers of Chalgia Music Culture Cover Image

Охрид, Велес, Битола и Скопје како центри на чалгиската музичка култура
Ohrid, Veles, Bitola and Skopje as Centers of Chalgia Music Culture

Author(s): Aleksandra Kuzman
Subject(s): Music, Rural and urban sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Art
Published by: Институт за македонска литература
Keywords: urban culture; old-urban music; Chalgia song

Summary/Abstract: This paper aims to present some aspects of the old urban music so-called chalgia that appeared around the second half of the XVIII century, and reached its peak in the XIX and the beginning of the XX century in the Macedonian urban cities, mostly in Ohrid, Veles, Bitola and Skopje. These cities were the main centers of the old urban chalgia music, especially in this so-called revival period. There were many interesting parameters for the important role that the chalgia song had in everyday life of the people in these urban centers. But, all of the changes and transformations in the lifestyle of the entire urban population caused by the technology development, provoked changes in the cultural context of nurturing of the chalgia tradition, and also provoked changes in the standardized set of the chalgia instruments. Besides the modified sound of the chalgia song caused by changing the set of instruments, this chalgia tradition still remain “alive” until nowadays, but in a slightly different culture modern context.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 155-167
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Macedonian