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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2020. № 1 (151), 155—164



A’CAPELLA IN THE REPERTOIRE OF BANDURA PLAYERS AS A MODERN ENTITY OF UKRAINIAN MUSIC (an example of Dnipropetrovsk bandura players ensemble «Charivnitsy»)



Аsistant professor

Department of Folk Instruments

  1. Glinka Dnipropetrovsk Academy of Music,

10, Livarna Str., 49044, Dnipro, Ukraine,

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 Abstract. Academic bandura art emerged and formed due to the organic combination of traditions of kobzarhood, Ukrainian folk and academic music. The relevance of the article is due to insufficient scientific research of a capella works in the repertoire of bandura players ensembles. The choral pieces are invariably an important part of the repertoire of the Dnipropetrovsk bandura players ensemble «Charivnitsy» during all its more than 60-year-old creative path. The a capella pieces are much more prevalent in choirs, while the vocal-instrumental and instrumental compositions are much more common in modern bandura performing. At first glance bandura ensembles do not have an objective need for choral singing, so the invariable presence of a capella pieces in the repertoire of bandura ensembles needs to be explored. The object of the research is the repertoire of the Dnepropetrovsk bandurist ensemble «Charivnitsy», and the object is the a capella pieces in the repertoire of the ensemble. The purpose of the study was to analyze the choral pieces in the repertoire of the ensemble of bandura players «Charivnitsi» of M. Glinka Dnipropetrovsk Academy of Music, to find out its common features to determine its role and meaning for modern bandura art. The methodological basis of research comprises methods of system musicological art analysis based on the principles of comprehensiveness and consistency. All choral pieces in the repertoire of the bandura players ensemble «Charivnitsy» are written by Ukrainian composers, they are all the best examples of national choral music. Each work is a modern embodiment of the traditions of Ukrainian folklore. The choir’s repertoire of «Charivnitsy» reflects the deep essence of modern bandura performance — synthesis of the best achievements of Ukrainian traditional and academic musical art.

Keywords: ensemble of bandura players, choral repertoire, a capella, Ukrainian choral singing.

Received 4.01.2020


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