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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Flipping the gusle over told a very different story, and made immediately clear why this ravaged instrument belongs in the archive.
These inscriptions alone make this gusle extremely compelling as a cultural object--but it goes further.
We have a chance to be a serious band, serious musicians, and he wants me to find him a gusle.
So what,' cause I'm Serbian, I have a gusle in my house?
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.
Like some George Formby of the darkside, Karadzic would strum the gusle and sing epic stories of Serbian greatness.
There was a musician playing the gusle and Santa got up and started to play it himself.
The guslari accompany themselves on the gusla, or gusle (a one-stringed instrument), and intone their musical stories.
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.