The problem of studying meaning-making systems in sacred monodic singing practice (Some options of the general theory of monody)
The article draws attention to the studies of meaning-making systems in sacred monody. The problem is rated highly among the objectives of the general theory of monody created by S. P. Galitskaya. For musicological studies, seeking to comprehend the rules of monodic thinking, the goal of studying sacred monody is to identify the essential premises and genetic codes of sounding space in paradigms of emerging religious experience. Thus, the obtained general knowledge of sacred monodic singing practice will become a part of the general theory of monody. The understanding of the fact that sacred monody emerged in history long before its conceptualization in terms of music system serves as the main guideline of this search. This implies that meaning-making as the process of academic exploration of the background of sacred practices, their ways of world perception, diversity of intonation meanings, is becoming more focused. It is concentrated on comprehension of the inner regulating functions of sacred systems. According to the article, its value and semantic context should be assessed with the complex criteria including its pneumatological condition and formulaicity. These two parameters act as the basement of ontology constructions, introducing practical knowledge. They also regulate sacred monody and protect it from music as an art form. If musicology possesses a sense of perspective and bears in mind historical burdens, it can reveal certain meaning-making constructs, providing logical, functional, and elemental connections within the entire body of sacred monody.
sacred monody, the general theory of monody, meaning-making systems, sense bearing context, regulating functions, pneumatological function, formulaicity.
Efimova N. The problem of studying meaning-making systems in sacred monodic singing practice (some options of the general theory of monody) // South-Russian musical anthology. 2020. No 2. Pp.88–94.