Recordings of Twentieth Century Serbian Church Chant

Material Evidence of Intangible Cultural Heritage


  • Nataša Marjanović Institute of Musicology SASA, Republic of Serbia


traditional Serbian church chant, oral transmission, Serbia, audio publications, archival audio recordings, intangible cultural heritage, church chant


This paper discusses representative examples of audio recordings of traditional Serbian church chant, an important testimony to Orthodox Serbian cultural and spiritual heritage, as well as the characteristics of this oral musical tradition in the twentieth century. My focus lies not only on the most important published audio recordings, but also on the collection of the unpublished audio recordings from the field work on the wide territory of Serbian cultural space, that is: in Serbia, Dalmatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary during the last three decades of the twentieth century. All of the examples mentioned in the text represent traditional Serbian church chant in its original, unison version, sometimes also as two-part singing. Taking into account the ethnological and anthropological perception of the multi-generational transmission and concurrent adaptation to the cultural, historical and societal changes, as well as the link between the heritage and the cultural uniqueness of its creators and carriers, these recordings were approached as the authentic trace of a live tradition, and a key to the assessment, study and preservation of the Serbian church chant, as an element of the intangible cultural heritage.
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How to Cite

Marjanović, Nataša. 2022. “Recordings of Twentieth Century Serbian Church Chant: Material Evidence of Intangible Cultural Heritage”. Journal of the International Society for Orthodox Music 6 (1):91-106.