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
(22) "Vidio si kako je pri sluzbi crkva dupkom puna narodna, da ni na vrata doci ne mozes,--niti oko crkve proci, jer je svu portu bogomoljni narod pritisnuo....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.
and I pick up the gusle
[the accompanying instrument]--"Mustajbey of
is a simple fiddle with one string made of a strand of horsehair, often used in accompanying epic or narrative songs.
guslarplural guslariSerbo-Croatian guslar, a derivative of gusle
Kikinda: Drustvo za negovanje muzike "Gusle
," 2001.47 p.
At first, and for a long time, it was delivered orally by singers accompanying their recitation by a one-string instrument called gusle
. In 1814 Vuk Karadzic collected those songs in a book Pesnarica (song book) which has since then remained a standard collection of Serbian folk poetry, although there have been many other collections in the 19th century.
It is particularly puzzling that all three epics are accompanied by a rather untypical instrument, the tambura, rather than the usual 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.
and the gusle
under the earth is fertile with memories.