„Jak zazpívám, tak mně hrajte“: Ekonomický potenciál nositelů hudební tradice v kulturní paměti českých zemí

Title in English “Play what I sing”: Economical Potential of the Bearers of Folk Music Tradition in the Cultural Memory of the Czech Lands


Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Od folkloru k world music : Hudba a kapitál
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web https://www.folkoveprazdniny.cz/kolokvium-uvod
Keywords Folk music and dance; payment of musicians; transformation of tradition; cultural capital
Description The economic conditions of folk musicians or their remuneration have been mentioned rather inconsistently in sources and literature of Czech lands. The participation of musicians in ceremonies, traditions, and customs of the calendar, or family occasions was one of their natural activities in rural communities. Musicians played not only for money, but also for food, drink, or special benefits in kind. For itinerant musicians and singers, musical performances were a major source of their livelihood. Many outstanding rural musicians also earned a living by teaching various instruments. From the end of the 19th century, folk musicians and dancers found more occasions to present themselves to the public, which increased interest in the financial issue of their production. With the coming of brass music bands and other novelty groups, older traditional rural music groups lost not only their cultural capital but their economic capital as well. Gradually, however, the emerging folklore movement strengthened the position of folk musicians, including their financial rewards.
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