Lithuanian Traditional Singing: Stylistic Complexes and their Cross-Cultural Contexts (VOCALS)


Project no.: P-LIP-18-160

Project description:

The research goal is to objectivize the stylistic complexes of Lithuanian traditional vocal in the cross-cultural context. The goal is intended to be achieved through the following tasks: selection of the representative examples of styles (sound recordings), design of corpus of techniques and parameters for the acoustic-cognitive analysis, application of the techniques in the comprehensive study of the selected examples, and comparative study of the obtained stylistic complexes, with statistical generalizations of the results. It is expected to comprehensively study and describe, with application of acousticalcognitive methods, the stylistic complexes of Lithuanian traditional vocal, i.e. the sets of features of performance styles: vocal technique, timbre, articulation, intonation, dynamics, timing, ornamentation, vibrato, etc. In addition, the stylistic complexes of the neighboring vocal musical traditions (Latvian, Belorussian, and Polish) are analyzed. The explored various stylistic complexes of Lithuanian traditional singing are compared both together and with the complexes of the neighboring vocal musical traditions and Lithuanian academic vocal. This allows to estimate the common (for the case of the examined styles, the quasi-universal) and the local style qualities, i.e. the general and the peculiar qualities of Lithuanian traditional singing styles. The research results are planned to be published in 2 research papers, 4 conference papers, and generalized in the monograph. They will be presented with interim and the final research reports, according to the research schedule. The results would serve as a datum-point for the future studies on traditional singing and they would enrich the knowledge of interdisciplinary musicology. The designed study methods would be applied in various explorations of musical style and in the academic education. Additionally, the new knowledge would serve as methodical means in the practical activities of folklore groups and individual singers, in the teaching and learning various vocal styles.

Project funding:

Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), State Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme for 2016–2024

Project results:

Monograph, articles, presentations at conferences, electronic research databases.

Period of project implementation: 2018-07-01 - 2021-06-30

Project coordinator: Kaunas University of Technology

Rytis Ambrazevičius

2018 - 2021

Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Institute of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

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