Musicologist-folklorist, junior researcher at the Folk Music Department of the Institute of Arts of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and Lecturer at the R. Melikyan State Music College (Yerevan). Hakobyan got her Master’s Degree from the Department of Musicology at the Komitas State Conservatory. Her Master’s thesis is published, as entitled Armenian Folk Songs and Melodies. Ijevan (Yerevan, 2012). Since 2016 Hakobyan is a PhD student at the National Academy of Sciences (under the supervision of prof. Alina Pahlevanyan) and is currently working on the dissertation thesis Traditional Armenian Lullabies. She authors articles on Armenian folklore, in particular on traditional Armenian lullabies.
“TRADITIONAL” SUBGROUP OF LULLABY IN ARMENIAN FOLK MUSIC
This paper discusses the two main groups existing in folk lullabies as one of the characteristic genres of Armenian traditional music:
improvisational, created on the spot,
Each of the groups has its specific artistic and structural features, therefore it is important to compare their differences and commonalities. Komitas was the first to observe the two mentioned manifestations in this genre. He classified the latter into two different groups: (a) as belonging to the work song sphere, considering their essence in the process of women working towards making the child fall asleep; (b) as belonging to the lyrical songs, which, while having the same function, were transferred from generation to generation, and have the form of a complete song-lullaby.
This presentation focuses on the second mentioned type, namely the traditional lullabies. My research is based on the recorded pieces of lullabies, as transcribed in the late XIX and the first half of the XX centuries. As a result, thirty-two patterns belonging to the lullaby genre were identified, ten of which that belonged to the traditional type were analyzed.