- Danka Lajić-Mihajlović
(b Lazarevac, nr Belgrade, Oct 3, 1926; d Beograd, May 19, 2004). Serbian ethnomusicologist. She studied violin and ethnology, which along with her polyglot skills provided a solid foundation for a lifelong dedication to the study of traditional music, musical instruments in particular. In a number of her writings, Gojković addresses the role of musical instruments in literary depictions of areas, times, and characters presented in works by the Serbian poets and novelists P.P. Njegoš, B. Stanković, and B. Nušić, as well as in works of the folklorist Vuk S. Karadžić. Further, she used travel literature as a source for research on the history of instruments and the reception of Serbian culture from viewpoints of foreign travel writers. Her particular interest was in the terminology of musical instruments. As an ethnologist, Gojković devoted her attention to the Roma culture by discussing aspects of their cultural profile from a social angle, and as ethnomusicologist by analyzing Roma contemporary musical practice in the collections of Tihomir Djordjević and Tatomir Vukanović. The intersection of her employment at the Serbian medical society and her musicological aspirations produced works on the interaction of medical problems and the careers of great composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and others. She published the catalog ...