Blue Flower

First Seminar of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music

Tallin, Estonia, September 19-20, 2014 
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Eesti Muusika-ja Teatriakadeemia

Local OrganiserŽanna PÄRTLAS (Estonia)
Program Committee: Ardian Ahmedaja (Austria/Albania), Ignazio Macchiarella (Italy), Žanna PÄRTLAS (Estonia)
Supported by: The Cultural Endowment of Estonia the Estonian Research Council

Multipart Music: theoretical approaches on the terminology
The current definition of the multipart music used by the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music reads: Multipart music is a specific mode of music making and expressive behavior based on the intentionally distinct and coordinated participation in the performing act by sharing knowledge and shaping values. The term “multipart music” and others connected with it are applied in different meanings in the scholarly literature and the symposia of the Study Group. Therefore an in-depth discussion on theoretical approaches of this particular terminology has become more than necessary. This seminar will be dedicated entirely to this subject.

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Third Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music

Budapest, Hungary, September 12-16, 2013

Local Organiser: Institute for Musicology. Research Centre for the Humanities. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Budapest, Hungary.
Head of the Local Organisers’ Committee: Lujza Tari.
Programme Committee: Ardian AHMEDAJA, Chair (Austria), Ignazio MACCHIARELLA (Italy), Zhanna PÄRTLAS (Estonia), Lujza TARI (Hungary)

1. Scholarly terminology and local musical practice
One of the barriers ethnomusicologists have to constantly overcome in their work is the balancing act between dealing with local practices and trying to generalize the focused questions by using scholarly terminology. In addition to the complex relationship between local and global terminologies, connotations of terms in use change continuously. Furthermore, different sciences influence each other’s views and consequently their terminologies. Questions to be focused on in the discussions are: How do terms come into use in scholarly research? Is there a model or does every term have its ‘own history’? How do their connotations change? How do other sciences influence this process? And what about questions on ‘lingua franca’? What is the place of local terminology within this framework? How does terminology influence local musicians’ and scholars’ perception of music and music making?
2. The role of educated musicians and missionaries in local music practices

Schoolmasters, cantors, choir conductors and other educated musicians have influenced local practice in many parts of the world. With regard to multipart music they have even influenced the establishment of new traditions. An important place is occupied by religious missionaries in this context. As a result, in many cases local music has lost its reputation or has been neglected in favour of newly-introduced music. Through case studies and theoretical approaches, the kind of influences these activities have oneveryday musical practice will be examined, focusing at the same time on the contexts of the objectives and results of the work of various protagonists in this process.

3. Individualists in company
Multipart music as a specific mode of music making and expressive behaviour is based on intentionally distinct and coordinated participation in the performing act by sharing knowledge and shaping values. In this process, the company members try to promote personal goals connected with creation and experimentation during music making and the discussions about it with community members. A specific issue within this framework is multipart music performed by one singer or by one musician on a single instrument. The main question to be discussed within this framework is connected with the kind of position the individual and the company have in various multipart music traditions. 

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Second Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music

Tiranë, Albania, April 22-29, 2012

Head of the Local Organisers Committee: Ardian Ahmedaja
Program committee: Ardian Ahmedaja (Austria); Ignazio Macchiarella (Italy); Žanna Pärtlas (Estonia); Ankica Petrovic (Croatia)

1. Multipart music practices as creative processes
How can creative processes in multipart music making be recognized? How do the acts of performance, interpretation and local discourse give shape to them? How can individual, collective and collaborative dimensions, which are so essential for multipart music practices, be defined in this context? How and to what extent do they determine transmission processes? Dealing with these and other questions emerging from the elaboration of diverse investigation tools, the aim is to initiate a discussion on local and global understandings of musical creativity, exploring various methodologies and theoretical approaches.

2. Multipart music in religious practices
This theme provides an opportunity for elaboration on sources related to discussions and statements about multipart music, mainly from a theological perspective in the past and the present. Presentations related to multipart music in different religious practices which highlight the diversity of the roles, powers, symbolism, meanings and values given to multipart music in specific cultures and their religious rituals are especially welcome. Mutual influences between religious and secular music practices as part of transformation processes are also of significance for the discussion.

3. Multipart music awarded
In public discussions, the awards given at public presentations of local music and dance (such as at folklore festivals) are often connected not only with the performers, but also with a ‘ranking’ of local repertoires. Multipart music repertoires are significant in this context because of their remarkable influence on the establishment of local cultural distinctiveness. Similar situations are apparent in the cases of inclusion of a number of multipart music repertoires in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Some of the questions to be discussed in this context are: What does an award mean for the performers and the communities practising the repertoire? What does it mean for communities who practice other repertoires? Does an award influence everyday practice? What is the role of the ethnomusicologists in this context?

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First Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music

Cagliari, Sardinia, September 15-20, 2010

Local Organiser: Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Dipartimento di Studi Storici Geografici e Artistici
Head of the Local Organisers's Committee: Ignazio Macchiarella
Program committee: Ardian Ahmedaja (Austria); Ignazio Macchiarella (Italy); Žanna Pärtlas (Estonia); Ankica Petrovic (Croatia)

Multipart music as a specific mode of musical thinking, expressive behaviour and sound.
Concepts and viewpoints on multipart music and its perception are often questioned and redefined in the scholarly research. The manifold worldviews of the resource persons, as holders and presenters of a tradition with their specific musical and cultural aesthetics and vocabularies as well as particularities of performance practices, identity policies, the social and emotional dimensions as specific bodies of knowledge embedded in power relations make the matter more complex. The aim of the meeting is to discuss and formulate recurrent features of multipart music practices, with the emphasis on their specificity towards other kinds of musical practices.

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