Year 2020, Volume 4 , Issue 2, Pages 168 - 197 2020-12-30

This paper is a companion paper to Scherbaum & Mzhavanadze (2020). Jointly, the papers describe the results of an interdisciplinary study on three-voiced Svan funeral dirges, known as zär in Svan and zari in Georgian. In the present paper, to which we refer as paper 2, we focus on the (structural) musicological aspects of zär. Bluntly speaking, we want to obtain a basic understanding of ‘how zärs work’. Based on the results of the acoustical analysis of a new collection of field recordings from eleven different performances described in paper 1, where we developed a phenomenological description of the general building blocks, here we try to derive a simple model for the syntaxes of zär.
The complexity of the musical structure of the zär shows a very clear connection to the history of the Svans’ settlement along the Enguri River, which is obviously systematically reflected in the Svans’ music.
Finally, we see the most interesting aspects of our entire study in the implications it has for the discourse on the historical dynamics of Georgian polyphony. Thus, the results of our study challenge the generally accepted view of the development of Georgian traditional music from monophony to polyphony.
Traditional Georgian Vocal Music, Ethnomusicology, Ritual Funeral Music
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Primary Language en
Subjects Music
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0001-5726-1656
Author: Nana MZHAVANADZE (Primary Author)
Institution: Universität Potsdam
Country: Germany


Orcid: 0000-0002-5050-7331
Author: Frank SCHERBAUM
Institution: Universität Potsdam
Country: Turkey


Supporting Institution This work was supported by the German Research Foundation within the framework of the project “Computational Analysis of Traditional Georgian Vocal Music (GVM)” (DFG MU 2686/13-1, SCHE 280/20-1).
Project Number DFG MU 2686/13-1, SCHE 280/20-1
Thanks First and foremost, our gratitude goes to all the people during the 2016 field expedition who allowed us to be part of and record their rituals. We are thankful to Meinard Müller and his team for the stimulating collaboration as well as for hosting the web-based repository of the GVM data.
Dates

Publication Date : December 30, 2020

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APA Mzhavanadze, N , Scherbaum, F . (2020). Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis . Musicologist , 4 (2) , 168-197 . DOI: 10.33906/musicologist.782185
MLA Mzhavanadze, N , Scherbaum, F . "Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis" . Musicologist 4 (2020 ): 168-197 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/musicologist/issue/58711/782185>
Chicago Mzhavanadze, N , Scherbaum, F . "Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis". Musicologist 4 (2020 ): 168-197
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ISNAD Mzhavanadze, Nana , Scherbaum, Frank . "Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis". Musicologist 4 / 2 (December 2020): 168-197 . https://doi.org/10.33906/musicologist.782185
AMA Mzhavanadze N , Scherbaum F . Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis. Musicologist. 2020; 4(2): 168-197.
Vancouver Mzhavanadze N , Scherbaum F . Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis. Musicologist. 2020; 4(2): 168-197.
IEEE N. Mzhavanadze and F. Scherbaum , "Svan Funeral Dirges (Zär): Musicological Analysis", Musicologist, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 168-197, Dec. 2021, doi:10.33906/musicologist.782185