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EASTERN EUROPE 97
example 5-7. Gurian polyphonic folk song, from Robert Lach, Gesange russischer Kriegsgefangener Band 3, 1. Abt. (Wien: Wiener Akademie der Wissenschaften, 55. Mitteilung der Phonogrammarchivs Kommission, 1928), p. 108.
lyphony was officially adopted by the Eastern Church in the seven­teenth century, and in Russian folk polyphony, although there are occasional parallel fifths, the tendency is to use four voices in triadic structure. In Russia and the Ukraine, the practice of polyphonic singing is extremely important. Singing is typically a group activity, except in the case of narrative poetry, and even in the 1950's we hear of young people in Russian cities walking in groups and singing informally. The polyphonic songs are traditional, but some improvi-







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