Polyphonic Thinking: Uninterrupted Georgian Tradition (on the example of the chants recorded from Polikarpe Khubulava)

Makharadze, Nino and Dapkviashvili, Marina (2015) Polyphonic Thinking: Uninterrupted Georgian Tradition (on the example of the chants recorded from Polikarpe Khubulava). In: Christian Congregational Music, 2015, 04-07.08, UK, Oxford, Ripon College Cuddesdon. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Georgian sacred music represents one of the oldest cultural layers of the Christendom. Georgian Orthodox chanting has a significant role in church life and results it’s spiritual and cultural development. Today many traditional schools of chant bear the names of these very monasteries, specifically, the Gelati, Shemokmedi and Svetitskhoveli schools of chant. The paper discusses church chants performed by Polikarpe Khubulava – renowned master of Georgian folk song. Polikarpe learned these examples in childhood from his father Erasti Khu¬bulava (born 1882). Polikarpe himself never chanted these chants in Soviet or post- Soviet times. The 90-year-old song master sings all three voice parts and these examples should presumably be considered of the Martvili School of Chant. Why did the father teach Shen khar venakhi and Mertskhalo mshveniero to Polikarpe? Why did the young man memorize these very examples? How did the chants dedicated to the Virgin and John the Baptist survive Soviet Regime? The reason for this should be sought for in the hidden semantics of their verbal texts. Evidently, Erasto Khubulava was well aware of their significance, but for the fear of censorship, to protect his family members and to save the examples, he purposefully concealed their essence. Polikarpe and many other people born in Soviet epoch still consider these as songs dedicated to vine and the bird herald of spring. The realized experiment clearly confirms Izaly Zemtsovsky’s concept of Homo Poliphonicus and testifies to the viability of centuries-old local tradition.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Depositing User: ნინო მახარაძე
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 05:23
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2015 05:23
URI: http://eprints.iliauni.edu.ge/id/eprint/3208

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