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Title Funeral chants from the Georgian Caucasus / Süpor XAO presents a film by Hugo Zemp ; direction, photography and sound, Hugo Zemp.

Published Western Australia : Kanopy, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 streaming video (21 minutes, 42 seconds) : sound, colour.
Series Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology Collection.
Notes "This film was shot in 1991 as part of the research work carried out by the CNRS Ethnomuciology Laboratory, Museé de l'Homme, Paris"--Closing credits.
Recorded in 1991 by CNRS Ethnomuciology Laboratory, Museé de l'Homme.
Summary Funeral chants of the Svans of northwestern Georgia. Most of the chants are polyphonic chants by male choirs with no words. The villages of the Svaneti province are located in north-western Georgia, in the valleys that lie between the mountains of the Caucasus. The Svans represent about 1% of the Georgian population. Their language differs from the Georgian language, and their religion is a syncretism of Orthodox Christian faith and pre-Christian beliefs. The polyphony of the Svans appears as one of the major styles of the Georgian vocal art. It consists of two soloist voices and the bass of the choir. In their funeral rituals, the Svans combine three vocal expressions which are rarely found nowadays in other parts of the world: women's individual laments punctuated by collective wails like in Ancient Greece, men's individual laments, and polyphonic chants by male choirs. While the individual laments are aimed at the deceased and the souls of departed people, the men's polyphonic chants use no words but a series of syllables which follow a set pattern. With chords partly dissonant to a Western European ear, and without any cries other than musically stylized ones, these collective chants of great intensity manage to convey the helplessness and inexpressible grief of Man faced with death.
Original Version Electronic reproduction. Originally produced: Süpor XAO, Hugo Zemp, 2007.
System notes Streaming video.
Language notes Chiefly polyphonic chants with no words; Svan dialogue; English intertitles and subtitles.
Other author Zemp, Hugo, producer.
Süpor XAO (Firm), production company.
Laboratoire d'ethnomusicologie du CNRS, production company.
Kanopy (Firm), issuing body.
Subject Dirges -- Georgia (Republic) -- Svanetia.
Funeral music -- Georgia (Republic) -- Svanetia.
Chants -- Georgia (Republic) -- Svanetia.
Songs, Svan.
Svanetians -- Music.
Music -- Georgia (Republic) -- Svanetia.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Georgia (Republic) -- Svanetia.
Documentary films.