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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Georgian unique polyphonic musical culture

International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatory

Over three thousand years of its history, Georgia allocated on the border line between Asia and Europe has developed its unique polyphonic musical culture. The Georgians have enriched the world treasure with special polyphonic musical folklore and church music. Since ancient times three-part singing has been the norm of Georgian musical thinking. Everybody who has ever been in touch with Georgian polyphonic forms recognizes their diversity and excellence.
History of the scientific study of traditional polyphonic music counts a century. Later well-known foreign scholars and musicians also got interested in Georgian polyphonic music. The interest especially increased at the end of the 20th  century; which was proved by the scientific-practical conferences held in 1984198619881998, and 2000 years. This was followed by the First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in2002.

These scientific forums inspired the idea to establish 
the International research Center for Traditional Polyphony. The idea was realized in 2003 with the support of UNESCO and world-renowned ethnomusicologists.

On the one hand, the Center aims to collect scientific knowledge on the world polyphony and to spread the practical and theoretical knowledge on Georgian polyphony throughout the world, on the other hand. This purpose is achieved by 
 the international symposia on polyphony and the published collections of proceedings of the symposia. The Tbilisi symposia 200220042006, 2008 and 2010 have already presented the polyphony of various countries of the world.

The web site on the world and Georgian polyphony will help the people interested in these issues to have an access to the information available at our Center.