Glasnik Etnografskog instituta SANU 2005 Volume , Issue 53, Pages: 153-170
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On reception of the church Byzantine music in Belgrade at the end of 20th century and beginning of 21st century

Blagojević Gordana

The subject of this paper is usage/misusage of a church music by a portion of clergy: a religious identity is being suppressed while a church music is used as a mean of communication of a national identity. The problem is discussed using the territory of the Belgrade-Karlovac diocese. In the 1990’s many choruses were found that were suppose to perform in church-Slavic and Serbian languages. This music has evoked many different reactions, from delight to banishment until finally it was outlawed on the diocese territory. The mode of singing, present among Serbs in the last hundred years was proclaimed native and original, and therefore as the only mode suitable on liturgies. Thus, an invented tradition takes place, where newer mode of performing and singing becomes older and more Serbian.

Keywords: Byzantine church music, Greek, Belgrade-Karlovac diocese, Mokranjac, church nationalism