The second volume in the new series of STUDIA INSTRUMENTORUM MUSICAE
POPULARIS is dedicated to the themes “Rural” Musical Instruments in the 21st
Century and Instrumental Melodies and Voice Construction. Both themes were
widely discussed during the 18th Meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Folk Musical
Instruments in Stubičke Toplice, Croatia, held in April 2011.
One reason to organize meetings of this globally working Study Group at different
places is to include local researchers, and to get in close contact to instrument makers
and musicians of that region. In this volume, therefore, contributions to the theme
“Rural” Musical Instruments in the 21st Century focus regionally on the Balkan
and Mediterranean area.
The second theme Instrumental Melodies and Voice Construction is discussed in
twelve detailed papers embracing four continents.
All authors deserve acknowledgement for their contributions to the field of musicology,
anthropology and neighboring academic disciplines. Additionally, the new
series of STUDIA INSTRUMENTORUM MUSICAE POPULARIS comes with
an audiovisual supplement on DVD that not only helps to understand the discussed
matters. Audiovisual documents become increasingly an inseparable part of knowledge
provided in the publication.
The Editor Gisa Jähnichen is professor for musicology at Universiti Putra Malaysia
and chair of the ICTM Study Group for Folk Musical Instruments