Arts (2020-07-01)

The Idea of Byzantium in the Construction of the Musical Cultures of the Balkans

  • Ivan Moody

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 9, no. 83
p. 83


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In this article, I discuss the persistence of Byzantium as a cultural model in the arts, and in music in particular, in the countries of the Balkans after the fall of Constantinople. By examining ways in which the idea of Byzantium persisted in Balkan artistic cultures (and especially in music) after the fall of Byzantium, and the way in which this relates to the advent of modernism during the later construction of the Balkan nation-states, I illustrate not only the pervasiveness but also the strength of Byzantinism as a pan-Balkan characteristic.