A Study of the Stylistic Foundations of the Ethnic Music of the Finno-Ugric Peoples by Means of Modern Information Technologies

Svetlana V. Kosyreva

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The article actualizes the issue of research of the stylistic foundations of the Finno-Ugric ethnic musical systems. With the aid of present-day informational technologies the musical texture is researched in the aspect of segmentation: the pitch organization, specificity of timbre-intonation and the articulation are revealed. The author brings in the achievements of musical acoustics, and also makes use of computer technologies with the corresponding software, making it possible to carry out a detailed analysis of the temporal structure of any musical signal. A method of research is proposed for determining the types of musical thinking inherent to the peoples of the Finno-Ugric world (monophonic and/or polyphonic) and, in general, for characterization of the essence of the artistic universals of the Finno-Ugric culture. Elucidation is given of the first results received upon analysis of the heterophony of the monophonic nature. The material for the research was provided by recordings of folk singing made during expeditions, representing an original stratum of the singing and instrumental musical cultures of the Finno-Ugric peoples. The work is carried out within the framework of the scholarly project “Research of the Stylistic Foundations of the Music of the Finno-Ugric Peoples of Russia with the Aid of Present-Day Informational Technologies” (project of the Russian Humanitarian Scholarly Fund No. 16-14-10003). The creations of multigenre multimedia resources and, first of all, an electronic database of Finno-Ugric timbres will provide a subsequent stable development and popularization of the musical traditions of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

Keywords: ethnomusicology, musical folklore, studies of Finno-Ugric music, acoustic analysis, pitch, timbre.


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