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Gvantsa Ghvinjilia

(Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Georgia)

Post-Soviet Georgian music


The article is dedicated to the Consequences of Russian annexation in post-Soviet Georgian music. In the relationships with Russia, Georgia saw a chance of reintegration with the European culture as its natural mental environment, but a different situation has arisen. As Georgian Orthodox chanting was chased from the Georgian church, this layer was unknown to the first Georgian composers. This factor prevented the opportunity to rely on this layer as a symbol of national identity during the foundation of new professional music. The second Annexation of Georgia – the establishment of the Soviet socialist regime, due to isolation from the western world stopped the process of further integration with contemporary European music. Georgian composers remained within the limits of the thinking system of Romanticism (20th -50th ). The generation of the 60s and especially the 90s had to overcome the backlog from a single line of European music. In post-Soviet Georgian music, there was reflected not only soviet secondary traumas but all national pains of the Russian annexations which are usually associated with fear of an uncertain future. All of that gave rise to the need for a mystical perception of the world and the religious theme dominates in post-Soviet Georgian music

Short biography

Musicologist, PH Doctor, a member of Georgian composer's union. Associated Professor at V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Department of Music History). The guest senior teacher at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Cinema State University. She has received the Z. Paliashvili Scholarship and the Scholarship of the President of Georgia. Her scientific interests are connected with ecclesiastic Music from the viewpoint of Christian semantics, the impact of scientific and technical progress on music, consequences of Russian annexation in Georgia’s music. She has authored more than 70 scientific works. She has participated in more than 80 national and international conferences.