Echoes of Forgotten Time: Professional Folk Musical Ensembles in Cafes of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1878–1918)

  • Jasmina Talam Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo
  • Lana Paćuka Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo
Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina, traditional folk music, professional musical ensembles, a la turca, a la franca

Abstract

Traditional folk music of Bosnia and Herzegovina can be best understood in light of the multicultural heritage of Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats, as well as many ethnic minority groups. But in the period 1878–1918, traditional music became open to Western European influences. Openness, as well as exposure, to the “new” becomes one of the characteristic signs of the Austro-Hungarian empire, whose new system of governance brought the unknown Western European cultural spirit to the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the mentioned period, new musical instruments appeared, which were previously unknown (e.g. clarinet, accordion), as well as professional musical ensembles which were not common in Bosnian tradition. These and similar appearances made the period of Austro-Hungarian empire a unique turning point in the development of urban traditional music which was developed within the Bosnian and Herzegovinian cafes.

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Author Biographies

Jasmina Talam, Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo

Jasmina TALAM completed undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD studies at the Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo. She is professor of the ethnomusicological subjects and Head of Institute for Musicology at Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo. She regularly presents the results of her research in national and international conferences and contributed to numerous articles, book chapters and edited works. She is a member of editorial board of the magazine Muzika (Academy of Music in Sarajevo and Musicological Society of FBiH) and Journal of Literature and Art Studies (David Publishing Company, New York). She is the editor/co-editor of a few collections of papers, a member of the Steering Committee of the Musicological Society FB-H and is the Chair of the ICTM National Committee for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lana Paćuka, Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo

Lana PAĆUKA (lana_sehovic@yahoo.com) completed undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD studies at the Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo. She is assistent professor of the musicological subjects and Vice dean for concert activity at Academy of Music, University of Sarajevo. Her primary area of scholarly interest and specialization are musical life in Bosnia and Herzegovina in period of Austro-Hungarian rule (1878-1918). She regularly presents the results of her research in national and international conferences and contributed to numerous articles. Also, she is editor of the Juornal for music culture Music (Academy of Music in Sarajevo and Musicological Society of FBiH). Currently, she is active as a member of the Musicological Society FBiH and ICTM - National Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2016 she is member of the RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) National Committee for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Published
2018-06-29
How to Cite
TalamJ., & PaćukaL. (2018). Echoes of Forgotten Time: Professional Folk Musical Ensembles in Cafes of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1878–1918). Musicological Annual, 54(1), 75-87. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.54.1.75-87
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