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Croatia: Traditional Music of Today

Various Artists
Croatia: Traditional Music of Today

Croatia’s traditional music of today is the focus of this 1988 UNESCO release. In the liner notes, Svanibor Pettan, Secretary General of the International Council for Traditional Music, sheds light on the Croatian tradition’s contemporary evolution. One pair of recordings illustrates the stylistic changes that have occurred in a single place over time: two generations of performers from the same village sing in different styles (tracks 17–18). Another pair of recordings compares versions of the same song performed in two different places (23–24). A guslar, who traditionally invokes the exploits of historic (or mythic) heroes, here exhorts listeners to act on a contemporary problem, Croatia’s low birth rate. A traditional tune is arranged by professionals, and a new composition is based on traditional patterns. Twenty-six recordings from various musical regions and cultural communities, from city and village, explore not only the rich variety of Croatia’s traditional music but the dynamism of tradition itself.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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101
Desinecki Drmeš (Drmeš from Desinec) n/a 1:17
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102
Tararajcica Matej Krstinic, Josip Maricic 1:16
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103
Polka Ivan Radic, Ivan Sindicic 1:11
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104
Oj, Lika Goji Konja I Junaka (The Country Of Lika Raises Heroes and Horses) n/a 1:36
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105
Pivaj, Seko / Gospe Sinjska (Sing, Sister / Madonna of Sinj) n/a 2:01
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106
Rodi, Majki, Jedno Dijete Vise (O, Mother, Give Me Birth To One More Child) Mile Krajina 4:56
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107
Gospin Plac (Madonna's Weeping) Ivo Grigicevic, Tonci Rubinic 4:54
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108
Kvadrilja (Quadrille) n/a 2:16
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109
Dobar Vecer, Moja Draga (Good Evening, My Sweetheart) Osjak 3:41
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110
Grozdana Polka Josip Poljancic 2:05
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111
Dobar Vecer, Dobri Ljudi (Good Evening To You, Good People) n/a 2:09
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112
Kolo Iz Drenovaca (Kolo from Drenovaci) Josip Ivakic 2:01
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113
Tanac n/a 2:20
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114
Drmeš Pavo Spoljaric 2:44
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115
Ptica Vuga (The Oriole) Marija Tuksar 3:30
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116
Janica Je Proso Žela (Janica Reaped The Millet) n/a 1:07
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117
Mravac Muvu Isprosio (An Ant Proposed to a Fly) n/a 2:20
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118
Sedam Zvijezdi (Seven Stars) n/a 2:27
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119
Cardaš n/a 1:59
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120
Kolo Iz Duboševice (Kolo from Duboševica) Vlado Kolijesar 2:19
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121
Ne Dirajte Mi Ravnicu (Do Not Touch My Plain) Zlatni dukati 4:06
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122
Balun-Mantinjada Istranova Ensemble 5:03
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123
Potpuhnul Je Tihi Vetar (Light Wind Has Blown) Milena Bozac, Ivan Bozac 3:46
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124
Popuhnul Je Tihi Vjetar (A Gentle Wind Has Blown) Josip Sigur, Mato Maglic 1:45
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125
Kraj Kapele Svete Ane (Next To The St. Anne's Chapel) Kraljevi ulice 4:17
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126
Samoborci Piju Vino Z Lonci / Turopoljski Drmeš (The Inhabitants Of Samobor Drink Wine From Buckets) Prestige Ensemble 2:26

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