• Music and Cultural Trauma (I)
    No. 36 (2024)

    The journal Musicology focuses this year’s issues on studies of music and cultural trauma, thus continuing to contribute to current research streams in the science of music. The "Main Theme" of issue 36 includes examinations of traditional, art and film music and traumatic experiences in different local contexts, bringing into focus issues of refugee and diaspora, war destruction and post-war responsibilities, repression and censorship, as well as theoretical and practical considerations combined with memory studies, post-memory, identity politics and Balkanism. The "Varia" section comprises diverse articles, ranging from the analysis of the funeral laments of the Slovak national minority in Serbia, through the study of Byzantine kratēmata inspired by birdsongs, the research of the status of the Roman Catholic liturgical music during the Second Vatican Council, to the discussion of audio recordings of traditional Serbian church chant preserved at the Phonoarchive of the Institute of Musicology SASA.

  • Music Festivals
    No. 35 (2023)

    Estimating that music festivals have not lost their attractiveness as a research topic, despite the relatively large scientific attention they have already received, the editorial board of the journal Muzikologija-Musicology encouraged their reconsideration within the Main Theme of the second issue in 2023 (No. 35). Due to the dynamism of societies and musical cultures, it is possible, and even necessary, to reconsider the circumstances of the creation of festivals, their transformations and disappearances, and their functioning as living organisms within the ecosystem. The relations of the festivals with the music industry, as well as tourist and creative industries, identity politics, socio-cultural context and economy are particularly sensitive. In light of current global efforts to preserve intangible cultural heritage, it is also plausible to consider the role of festivals and the relationship between festivals and traditions in the broadest sense – the influence on the canonization of practices, i.e. on creativity and the commodification of music and musicianship.

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    Contemporary Perspectives on Stravinsky
    No. 34 (2023)

    With its Main theme, the journal Musicology No. 34 contributes to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s death. The topics cover a wide range of issues relating to all three phases of Stravinsky’s career (the Russian, the Neoclassical and the Serial), including the impact and reception of his work and, more specifically, a contextualisation of Stravinsky’s Russian output with reference to the history of Russian folkloristics; a reframing of his Neoclassicism with reference to his relationship with Jacques Maritain, as well as the role that Pierre Souvtchinsky played in the composition of the Poetics of Music; a reevaluation of expressiveness in the works of the serial period; a discussion of the impact of Stravinsky’s work on French postwar composers; a view on the meaning of corporeality and dance in his output; and a reappraisal of Theodor Adorno’s critique of Stravinsky’s work. The Varia section brings the results of diverse musicological research, starting from the analysis of pieces of a contemporary Serbian composer who treats the voice in non-traditional ways, followed by an article that connects performance studies and the study of music through the analysis of kinesthetic gestures in Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and closing with a text that contributes to the history of Serbian music critique.

  • Sound Heritage in Ethnomusicology and Musicology
    No. 33 (2022)

    In accordance with the Editorial Board’s decision to dedicate both 2022 issues of the journal Musicology to sound sources in music research, the Main theme of No. 33 comprises articles that contribute to the study of sound archives and audio-visual archives in ethnomusicology. The topics range from the questioning of the role of historical recordings in society and the system of intangible cultural heritage, through the presentation of the historical attempt to establish a national archive, the management model of the regional folk music archive, the possibilities to use advanced modern technology in digital collections, to the proposal of a manifesto of applied musicology and the presentation of methodologies in audio-visual ethnomusicology. The Varia section presents a wide range of topics and musicological and ethnomusicological approaches to music research, as well as an understanding of the role of music in cultural history seen through the lens of other disciplines. Part of the research results published in this issue belongs to the project Applied Musicology and Ethnomusicology: Making a Difference in Contemporary Society (APPMES), of the Institute of Musicology SASA.

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    Discography as a Scientific Source
    No. 32 (2022)

    In this year’s edition of the journal Musicology, special attention will be paid to sound sources in musicology and ethnomusicology and, through the main theme of issue 32, the consideration of the products of the record industry as scientific sources is affirmed. The six studies in this section cover a wide range of topics, from the first commercial 78 rpm records to contemporary editions of incidental music and the latest releases of folk music, including the legal regulation of copyright and the interaction of the early record industry and radio as a new medium. The examples are related to the different national productions and contexts of Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia. The Varia section presents five original, thematically and methodologically diverse studies of musicological, ethnomusicological, anthropological and interdisciplinary profiles. Part of the research published in the Main theme section presents the results of the project Applied Musicology and Ethnomusicology in Serbia: Making a Difference in Contemporary Society (APPMES) of the Institute of Musicology SASA.

  • Music Criticism, Ideology and Politics
    No. 31 (2021)

    The main theme of the 31st issue of the journal “Musicology” is Music Criticism, Ideology and Politics, guest-edited by Dr Ivana Medić, Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Musicology SASA and an alumna of the University of Manchester. The main theme of the issue encompasses original scientific articles written by six scholars from Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Serbia. The “Varia” section, which includes six studies, is also extensive and thematically diverse, with articles encompassing the topics of Byzantine musicology, Baroque studies, the music of Impressionism, the history of musical periodicals, as well as changes in the position of music and musicians in the circumstances of the current Covid-19 pandemic. The section “Scientific Reviews and Polemics” presents important scientific monographic publications dedicated to Orthodox church music, Renaissance music and the history of the Belgrade Opera. With the final article, the editorial team of the journal “Musicology” sadly bids farewell to the prematurely deceased colleague Dr Danijela Kulezić-Wilson, a distinguished expert in film music.

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    Music Criticism in Russia and Eastern Europe
    No. 30 (2021)

    The main theme of the thirtieth issue of the journal Musicology is Music Criticism in Russia and Eastern Europe – In memorial Stuart Campbell (1949–2018).

    The main theme of No. 30 opens with a study by Lithuanian-British musicologist Akvilė Stuart on the critical reception of the work of Alexei Stanchinsky, a tragically and prematurely lost Russian avant-garde composer from the early twentieth century, whose innovative compositions divided the critics. One of the consequences of the October Revolution was the emigration of a large number of Russian artists to the West. Svetlana Zvereva, a Russian musicologist active in the United Kingdom, provides a vivid picture of “Russian Dresden” from the 1920s and 1930s in the domains of musical, church and social life. British musicologist Daniel Elphick writes about Boris Asafyev, an important protagonist of Soviet musicology of the 20th century and the author of the famous book Musical Form as a Process. The journal Musicology posthumously publishes one of Stuart Campbell’s final papers which covers the Paris years of Sergei Rachmaninoff. As a tribute to Dr Campbell, his personal bibliography is published along with this article. This main theme was guest-edited by Dr Ivana Medić, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and an alumnа of the University of Manchester. 

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    Ethnomusicologist Vladimir R. Đorđević
    No. 29 (2020)

    On the first of December 2019 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir R. Đorđević (1869–1938), a versatile Serbian musician who left a considerable mark in all fields in which he worked: as an ethnomusicologist, composer, music pedagogue, and one of the pioneers of Serbian music bibliography and lexicography.

    The editorial board of the journal Musicology decided to mark this important jubilee of Serbian music by dedicating the main theme of the 29th issue to the work and contribution of Vladimir R. Đorđević. At the invitation of the Editorial Board of the journal Musicology, five eminent experts wrote original scientific studies for the main theme of No. 29.

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    Russian-Serbian Cultural Relations Reflected in Music
    No. 28 (2020)

    The main theme of the journal Musicology originated from the international scientific conference Russian-Serbian Chanting Connections, which was organized in October 2018 by the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade. The centuries-long musical, artistic and cultural ties between the Russian and Serbian peoples have been researched and studied by scientists from both countries; nevertheless, the richness and significance of these ties require new research and interpretation.  

    In this issue of the journal Musicology, musicologists, philologists and art historians from Serbia and Russia gathered together to shed light on the topic of Russian-Serbian permeations in the domains of church art and musical performance on a temporally and thematically broad and interdisciplinary basis. The main theme of the issue was edited by Dr. Vesna Sara Peno, principal research fellow of the Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, one of the leading experts in the field of Byzantine music. 

  • The Future of Music History
    No. 27 (2019)

    The theme of the issue No 27 The Future of Music History was inspired by the eponymous seminar organised as part of a conference held at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in September 2017. The seminar was prepared by Jim Samson, one of the most outstanding musicologists of our time, Emeritus Professor of Music, Royal Holloway (University of London), member of the British Academy and author of more than 100 publications, including the first comprehensive history of music in the Balkans in English (Leiden: Brill, 2013). Professor Samson kindly accepted our invitation to be the guest editor of this issue, in which we publish articles by four of five panelists (Reinhard Strohm, Martin Loeser, Katherine Ellis and Marina Frolova-Walker). We are deeply grateful to these pre-eminent musicologists for their thorough reflection on the future of our discipline and the continuous efforts to make the subject of study the geographical regions, social strata and listening practices that have hitherto been neglected in musicological considerations.

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