Gusle


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Gusle

 

(Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian), gusla (Bulgarian), a folk instrument of the South Slavs played with a bow. It has a hollow, oval or pear-shaped wooden body with a leather diaphragm stretched over the open side and one or two horsehair strings. The player only touches the strings lightly and does not press them to the finger-board. The instrument is used mainly to accompany singing.

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Titles in the first installment include: Revista Musical Catalano (Barcelona, 1904-1923), Gusle (Zagreb, 1892), Glazba (Zagreb, 1893), Dalibor.
Merimee's La Guzla (The Gusle, a stringed instrument of the Balkans; 1827) poses as a translation of "authentic" Illyrian folk ballads and tales, including the (fictional) collector's first-person account of an encounter with a vampire; however, with one or two exceptions, the entire collection was authored by Merimee himself.
He addresses myths about the "national spiritual and cultural space" and the alleged unity between the Balkan peoples and the soil upon which they live; cults of national tongue and national poets; and the epic tradition and its symbol, the musical instrument called the gusle, among other topics.
For, as he explicitly says, even these blind singers as the only oral singers in the Srem region needed to learn how to perform orally with the accompaniment of the gusle pa i oni moraju uciti uz nji udarati.
Vidio si kako je ovde i onde kakvog slepca, koji uz gusle koju narodnu pesmu peva, opkolila gomila slusaoca obojeg pola, starih i mladih, pa peva li se junacestvo kakvog srpskog junaka, to ce[section] primetiti izrazeni ponos na lieu slusaoca.
Often, when he was full of local brandy, he would relax a little, reach up from his little table near the bar and grab the gusle - a single-stringed instrument popular across the Balkans - off the wall.
Like some George Formby of the darkside, Karadzic would strum the gusle and sing epic stories of Serbian greatness.
and I pick up the gusle [the accompanying instrument]--"Mustajbey of
At first, and for a long time, it was delivered orally by singers accompanying their recitation by a one-string instrument called gusle.
Even disregarding the scarcity of epics accompanied by the tambura, epics sung with the gusle would have been a better choice for a study of the genre's musical aspects.
With his ailing stomach, which bothered him less since the beginning of the battles, he lay in this hut as in a grave, all day avoiding going into the camp built on the pasture-ground among the wagons--a real gypsy camp, in which the people were roaring, accompanied by gusle by the fire, more out of hunger than from drinking.
and the gusle under the earth is fertile with memories.