- Jelena Jovanović
(b Belgrade, Serbia, Sept 13, 1962). Serbian ethnomusicologist, docent at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. She specializes in analytical questions surrounding the most ancient forms of Serbian vocal music, especially the two-part singing with drone in the Zaplanje region of eastern Serbia and the funeral laments within the Serbian Wallachian traditions. She was one of the first Serbian ethnomusicologists to examine and apply such concepts as the ‘Finnish method’, ‘chain’, the cosmological ideas of the circle and spiral, ‘maqam-principle’, ‘frame verse’, and ‘macro-form’, to which she dedicated many articles. This experience resulted in a synthesis that offered a new method of formal analysis of Serbian/Balkan rural vocal forms (which was awarded the Mile Nedeljković Prize as the best contemporary folklore study in Serbia in ...