(Another post for the Croatia series of posts I am doing. Stay tuned for other favorite country posts in the future. I am beginning with Croatia because obviously its name is early on in the alphabet, and it is my sister Nikola's favorite country; we also have our room decorated Croatian/Hungarian right now!)
I am pleased to give you a look at the music and costumes of Croatia, through an article that my sister Nikola wrote several years ago! I have enhanced it with corresponding photos depicting the folk instruments and costumes- enjoy!
Croatia is home to a diversity of musical styles and influences, while at the same time the land is bound together in its own unique characteristics.
The national instrument, the Tamburica, has been played in every region for centuries, beginning as a solo accompaniment for songs and dances, and by the 18oo’s, widening it’s virtuosity to ensembles of thirty or forty musicians- The Duquesne University Tamburitzans are one such group. The members of the tambura family vary greatly in shape and size....
....including the mandolin-like prim, and its smaller version: the tiny bisernica, as well as the larger guitar-sized bugarija, celo, and brac. The largest, called the berde, is the size of a cello.
All over the country their irresistible strains conduct lively Kolos, or circle dances, the most popular dance of Croatia which is comprised of much precise and intricate footwork.
Video by Mazzou for promotional purposes.... Duquesne Tamburitzans 2008
Photo property of The Duquesne University Tamburitzans
All photos are used for promotional purposes- please do not download any of these pictures.
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