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date: 16 September 2019

Dević, Dragoslavlocked

  • Sanja Radinović


(b Požarevac, Serbia, Aug 15, 1925). Serbian ethnomusicologist. Considered the most prolific and influential Serbian ethnomusicologist in the second half of the 20th century. He was professor in ordinaries at the Faculty of Music (FMU) in Belgrade. He studied music theory and ethnology, and later specialized in ethnomusicology in Bucharest, Berlin, and Freiburg. In 1962, he became assistant at the newly established Department of the History of Music and Musical Folklore at FMU, which he led from 1963 to his retirement in 1990. He also taught ethnomusicology at other music academies and faculties in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. He conveyed to Serbia the methodological innovations that originated in European centers. He is author of over 100 papers on various topics concerning Serbian folk music. He wrote mostly about old rural two-part and ritual singing, issues of variance, folk and medieval musical instruments, problems of transcription, processes of transformation of musical folklore in the second half of the 20th century, and about important figures in the history of Serbian ethnomusicology. He was editor of several valuable collections of folk melodies. He was a very active field worker and with his collected materials he formed the Phonographic Archive and the collection of folk musical instruments at the FMU. He popularized the traditional music of Serbia through more than 1000 broadcasts on Radio Belgrade, about 30 ethnographic films, and a similar amount of audio publications. He contributed to the preservation of Serbian folk music with his work in programming councils and expert juries in numerous festivals and concerts. He was active in the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV), especially as a chairman from ...

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