From Myth to Reality: Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac and Serbian Church Music

  • Vesna Peno Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade
  • Ivana Vesić Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade
Keywords: Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac, church chanting, melography, pedagogy, Octoechos

Abstract

In this paper, we will focus on the historical reconstruction of Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac’s work in the field of melography and pedagogy of Serbian church chant. Since the prestigious status he reached among his contemporaries, as well as musicologists and music historians of the recent past, both as a melographer and expert in Serbian church chant of his time, has rarely been questioned or objectively approached, we decided to reconsider some of the dominant interpretations of his activities in this domain. For that purpose, we conducted a thorough research of archival resources and press material from the late 19th century onward aiming at a critical examination of Mokranjac’s role in the popularization of concepts of the Karlovac and Belgrade church chant styles, his undertakings in the documentation of monophonic church chants, and, finally, his approach to the teaching of chant singing in Saint Sava’s Seminary. We will underline the discrepancy between the created image of Mokranjac as an indisputable authority in the field and historical data, which point to the significance of his symbolic (and social) capital in the process of gaining broader recognition.

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Author Biographies

Vesna Peno, Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade

Vesna PENO (sara.kasiana@gmail.com), senior Research Associate at the Institute of Musicology SASA (Belgrade), author of three books and over than 90 studies. She was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Muzikologija (2011–2014). The main field of her research is Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and Serbian Church Music, as well as the history of Serbian literature on the music of the 19th and 20th century. 

Ivana Vesić, Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade

Ivana VESIĆ (distinto_differente@yahoo.com) holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a master degree in Sociology and Musicology. She is a Research Associate at the Institute of Musicology SASA (Belgrade, Serbia). She participated in various national and international conferences and published numerous articles and book chapters in scientific journals and publications.

Published
2018-06-29
How to Cite
PenoV., & VesićI. (2018). From Myth to Reality: Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac and Serbian Church Music. Musicological Annual, 54(1), 49-58. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.54.1.49-58
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