Paradigmatic musical structures: an approach to the “Căluş” ritual performed in Argeş, Romania

Teodoreanu, Nicolae; Nubert-Chețan, Mihaela (Articol)

“The present study intends to draw up an inventory of minimum melodic structural units, generally called musical cells, organized in categories according to their similarity or difference. Therefore, some procedures inspired from structural linguistics will be applied. Thus, several musical cells will be separated and considered paradigms, modelled from all the melodic variants of each musical cell. Basically, we differentiate the main cells from the secondary ones in terms of melodic profile and structural role. The degree of concentration of different paradigms, their “density”, is a factor responsible for the variation quantity in both the morphology of a single piece and in the individual repertoires. The melodic variations are very significant because they generate performing styles. These are defined as “stylistic marks” which express individual options or singularizes the Plimbări (“Walks”) in concordance to a certain performance context.”

Cuvinte cheie: density, musical cell, paradigm, performing style, and variation

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2018, nr. 1-2, p. 219-250