“I have Always Considered Myself a Music Historian”: Commemorating the Anniversary of E.A. Gippius

Ekaterina A. Dorokhova, Olga A. Pashina

Abstract


The article was written in honor of the 110th anniversary of
the greatest Russian ethnomusicologist, Evgeny Gippius.
The materials for this article were comprised by the archival
documents from the funds of the State Institute for Art Studies,
the Institute of Russian Literature affiliated with the Russian
Academy of Sciences, and the Moscow State Conservatory. The
article contains little known facts from the scholar’s biography:
information about his family, education, the various spheres of
his activity, including those in Leningrad during the blockade,
his international scholarly contacts, etc. The authors of the article
present a short overview of Gippius’ main research positions,
at the core of which lies an examination of folk music as an
inseparable part of overall music history. Gippius is a founder
of structural-typological, regional and areal research in Russian
folk music studies. A considerable amount of input on the part
of the musician into music scholarship was the theory of folklore
genres created by him. The authors of the article examine the
methodology developed by him of work carried out during
musical expeditions as the most important and the definitive
stage of scholarly research. Gippius’ name is connected with
the formation of one of the relevant directions in contemporary
music scholarship – practical ethnomusicology, which is based on
experimental verification of researchers’ hypotheses.

Keywords: Evgeny Gippius, ethnomusicology, structuraltypological
research, musical arealogy, the theory of folklore
genres


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