Toward the Problem of Identifying Intonational Vocabulary of a Local Song Tradition (Based on Materials of Nizhnyaya Ustya)

Key words
intonation, intonational dictionary, intonation purview, means of musical expression
Ekaterina I. Vozzhaeva
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PhD Candidate, Specialist of the Folklore Sector, Russian Institute of Art History
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This article discusses the problem of compiling an intonational dictionary of the folksong. Based on the folksongs of the Nizhniaia Ustia (located in the south of the Arkhangelsk Region), the article discusses and develops such concepts as “intonation,” “popevka” (intonational phrase) and “intonation field.” On the basis of structural, functional and typological methods applied to the early stage of folksongs, the article sets forth principles of analyzing their melodic and, more broadly, intonational component (the “intonation field” of the local tradition). By detecting their various melodic shifts, based on fundamental “intonemas” such as tones of exclamation, shouting, narration or crying, the author not only presents a way of identifying the intonational features of the local tradition, but also highlights local artists’ musical thinking.

Without solving all of the problems involved with creating a comprehensive dictionary of the musical language of the local tradition, the author demonstrates a structural and typological approach to classifying the melodic component of a folklore text. 


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For citation

Vozzhaeva E. I. Toward the Problem of Identifying Intonational Vocabulary of a Local Song Tradition (Based on Materials of Nizhnyaya Ustya). Traditional Culture. 2020. Vol. 21. No. 1. Pp. 63–75. In Russian.