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Ornamentation in the repertoire of violin fiddlers from the space of historical Moldova: interpretative peculiarities

Author: Grib Vitalie
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific adviser: Svetlana Badrajan
doctor, professor, Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts
Institution: Academy of Music of the Theatre and Fine Arts


The thesis was presented on the 24 March, 2022
Approved by NCAA on the 1 July, 2022


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ornaments, violin fiddlers, traditional instrumental repertoire, folklore space of historical Moldova, Moldovan speech, interpretation


Ph.D thesis in arts, speciality 653.01 Musicology, professional doctorate. The stucture of the thesis includes the following sections: annotation in three languages - Romanian, English and Russian, introduction, two chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, 72 pages of analytical text, bibliography from 107 sources, two annexes: 1. program of recitals; 2. 135 instrumental melodies. The research results are reflected in 10 scientific publications: 6 articles and 4 theses, three recitals recorded on DVD.

Field of study: musical folklore.

Purpose and objectives of the research. Purpose: Highlighting and systematizing the general and particular ways of using and interpreting ornaments in the repertoire of established fiddlers violinists from the folk space of historical Moldova. Objectives: 1. studying the ornamental phenomenon in folk and literary music; 2. delimiting the types of ornaments used in the traditional instrumental music from the studied folk space; 3. highlighting the fiddlers violinists promoters of the traditional manner of interpretation specific to the given area; 4. analyzing the particularities of their interpretation in the repertoire of fiddlers violinists selected according to the category of folk music creation.

Scientific-practical novelty and originality. The novelty of the research consists in revealing the important aspects of the way of interpreting the ornamentation by the fiddlers violinists, specific to the folklore space of historical Moldova, the knowledge and observance of the traditional norms of their execution and individual manner. The paper aims to complete an insufficiently studied field, related to the phenomenon of traditional instrumental art, focusing on fundamental theoretical concepts of contemporary ethnomusicological science. The research is accompanied by the practical presentation of the results in three recitals, which gives it originality and uniqueness.

The applicative value of the thesis. The results of the analytical and practical-interpretive research can be important landmarks for studying different directions and issues related to the intangible cultural heritage. The materials are applicable to the teaching courses Musical Folklore, History of National Music, History of Folk Instrumental Performing Arts, Practice of folk transcriptions and to the specialized ones - the violin, in the secondary and higher musical-artistic institutions.

Implementation of scientific results. The doctoral thesis was discussed at the meetings of the Guidance Commission within the Doctoral School - Study of Arts and Culturology of the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts, within the Predefence Commision from the 31.01.2022 no. 1, being recommended for public defence. The scientific results were implemented at national and international scientific conferences held at the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in the period between 2015 and 2021, six scientific articles, four theses, three recitals, the Scientific Project of the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts - The Musical Heritage from the Republic of Moldova (folklore and composition creation) in Contemporaneity (2015-2019), within the artistic activity in the Republic of Moldova and abroad.