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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Unique Georgian Music Heritage: Traditional Polyphony of Georgia:

Traditional Polyphony of Georgia: Great contribution of Georgia into the world musical culture!
Georgia, a country at the boundary of Europe and Asia, created distinctive musical culture during the three thousand-year history. The Georgians' great contribution into the world culture is Georgian polyphonic folk singing and chanting in the Orthodox church. Three-voiced song has been the tradition of Georgian musical thinking since ancient times.

Later on Georgian polyphonic music attracted attention of the world's famous musicians and scholars.

This interest grew stronger at the end of the 1900s. The series of international scientific-practical conferences of 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998 and 2000 held in Georgia were crowned by the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in 2002.

The idea to establish the International Center of Polyphony was born on these Scientific forums. By the support of UNESCO and world's renowned ethnomusicologists the Research Center on Traditional Polyphony was founded at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. This page provides information on the Center.