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Полски духовни песни в българската източнокатолическа музика
Polish Popular Religious Songs in Bulgarian Eastern Catholic Music

Author(s): Stefka Venkova
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Literary Texts, Education, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Music, History of Church(es), Poetry, Visual Arts, Sociology, Local History / Microhistory, Theology and Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , History of Education, Social development, Sociology of Culture, Other Christian Denominations, Sociology of Religion, History of Religion, Identity of Collectives, History of Art
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: Catholic church music; Polish popular religious songs; Bulgarian popular religious songs; contemporary church song repertoire

Summary/Abstract: Polish popular religious songs are part of the repertoires of both the Roman Catholic and the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches in Bulgaria. These songs were introduced in the paraliturgical practice via different ways. One reason was the influence of missionaries from monastic communities from Poland: the friars from the Resurrectionist Congregation, the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin и the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. On the other hand, the personal influence of St. Pope John Paul II also contributed to the process. During his pontificate, some Polish popular religious songs that he supposedly liked gained popularity in Bulgaria. The presence of Polish popular religious songs in the Eastern Catholic repertoire, accepted and assimilated in the local tradition, is an example of various interactions: between East and West; between Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic music; and between two Slavic cultures, the Polish and the Bulgarian one. The popular religious songs are a brilliant example of cultural transfer, implemented on different levels: religious, confessional, national and universal. The focus of the paper is on three songs, which are a part of the Eastern Catholic song repertoire in modern times.

  • Issue Year: XLVI/2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 446-459
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian