From the History of 19th Century Russian Folk Music Studies: from Empirical Study to Theory
The object of research in this article is the art of folk singing in the works of 19th century folklorists, when the interest
in the artistry of the Russian people acquired the characteristics of stability. The authors set for themselves the task of
tracing out the evolution of perspectives on folk song performance in the triad of “practice-scholarship-education,”
stemming from the temporal factor, relying on professional interests, artistic priorities and predilection of taste of
the Russian researchers. While Alexander Serov became the founder of folk music studies in Russia and Vladimir
Odoyevsky set the course on enlightenment and education in terms of folklore culture, the practical skills in collecting
the folk song legacy were connected with the endeavors of Evgenia Linyova, which already pertains to the beginning
of the 20th century. The aim of the article is expressed by the methodological vector: to show how the folkloristic
scholarly thought, which had achieved a professional level in the second half of the 19th century, beginning with its
sources – the first empirical-theoretical observations and descriptive works, was developed in a successive pattern.
Keywords: Russian folk songs, folk song performance, musical folklore studies, works by 19th century folklorists.
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