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.


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,
traditionally transferred.
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.