This article opens new perspectives on research into Slovenian non-material culture within the European context by focusing on song tradition and, comparatively, also on literature. Based on contemporary folklore and literary studies, this articler seeks to interpret new cultural dynamics in Slovenian folk culture in the light of various concepts and theorethical discourses such as archetypes, culture and globalization, collective cultural memory, identity, and intertextuality.
The basic question addressed in this paper – “Is there a European song heritage or a European heritage in songs?” – is not just a question of Europe, heritage and songs: it leads to the deeper issue of identity that extends beyond national frameworks. Taking all of these into consideration, can Europe be understood as a special cultural space with its expression in or using songs, or is it just a new imagined community?
his article represents motives that led to the establishment of ensembles, emotion connotation of singers, their relations to the repertoire and structural parameters of the music they perform. Also reasons for popularity of Dalmatian klapa singing are take into consideration, especially through arguments of nostalgia and manners of Slovenian singers that evoke stereotypes and are idealizing geographical and cultural distant but at the same time well known Dalmatian region.
The article presents the circumstances of the origin of wax cylinders with early recorded folk songs, how and when they were transferred to the museum, and to whom they were later passed on. Archive documents show that museum’s staff never recorded anything with the phonograph.
In the professional and scholarly community, as well as in Slovenian public discourse bell chiming became regarded as a special Slovenian feature unrivalled outside Slovenian ethnic borders. The author discuss the origin for the invention of some aspects of the bell chiming practice, and give arguments for the existence of bell chiming practice in other Europaen countries. Based on the fielwork expirience, she finally presents the bell chiming practice in Germany.