Musicologica 1/2017

On the Slovak Rock Songs’ Lyrics

In recent years, the quality of the contemporary songs’ lyrics has been affected by the massive pop culture influence predominantly from English-speaking countries. This survey-based study tries to identify the most popular Slovak rock songs and to determine if their lyrics play a role in the musical preferences of young people in Slovakia. According to the survey results, […]

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Dobro as the Cultural Heritage of the Slovaks

Although dobro, a resophonic guitar, originated in the US, without its genial developer called Ján Dopjera (John Dopyera as the English version of his name), who came from Slovakia, the Americans would not have been able to call it their own and add it to their cultural heritage. The dobro guitar does not belong only […]

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Michelle Gurevich’s Music as an Interface between the East and the West

The analysis of Gurevich’s music is an attempt to upgrade, or expand, the theme of correlation between the East and the West. The relationship, or the juxtaposition, between Western and Eastern societies in this paper is redefined more precisely through the valuation and the popularity of Western musicians from the indie music scene in former […]

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Jazz in the Heart of Europe

Until 1989, the region of Central Europe was closed due to ideological reasons, and was divided into the musical culture of Eastern and of Western Europe. Because of the socialist cultural politics, the territory of former Czechoslovakia is often incorrectly ranked among the countries of the Eastern Bloc. If we take into account the geographical […]

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Melomani and the Yosuke Yamashita Trio

This essay discusses the Melomani and the Yosuke Yamashita Trio from a historical point of view: the repression by the communist regime and the social trend to solve problems by non-violence against the avant-garde and the famous persons released from the groups: two pianists Krzysztof Komeda and Yosuke Yamashita, as well as the characteristics of […]

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