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Making a Case for Balkan Music Studies

Institute of Musicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 11000 Beograd, Serbia
Received: 5 March 2020 / Accepted: 15 March 2020 / Published: 25 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Balkan Music: Past, Present, Future)
In his seminal comprehensive history of music(s) in the Balkan region, Jim Samson avoided the term “Balkan music” in favor of the less-binding title Music in the Balkans (Leiden: Brill, 2013). This, however, should not hinder us from probing the term “Balkan music” and its many connotations. In this editorial article for the Special Issue Balkan Music: Past, Present, Future, I aim to dissect the umbrella term “Balkan music” and its actual and presumed meanings and implications, while overviewing many different music traditions and styles that this term encompasses. I will also make a case for the establishment of Balkan Music Studies as a discipline and attempt to outline its scope and outreach. View Full-Text
Keywords: the Balkans; music; oriental elements; Jim Samson; Music in the Balkans the Balkans; music; oriental elements; Jim Samson; Music in the Balkans
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Medić, I. Making a Case for Balkan Music Studies. Arts 2020, 9, 99.

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