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SLOVENIAN REFUGEES / MUSIC: Slovenske narodne pesmi  [Slovenian National Songs]. Zoom

SLOVENIAN REFUGEES / MUSIC: Slovenske narodne pesmi [Slovenian National Songs].


An extremely rare anthology of 361 mimeographed songs with musical scores, in the Slovenian language, published in a DP Camp in Austria by a Roman Catholic priest for ‘White’ refugees fleeing the new Socialist regime in Yugoslavia in the wake of World War II.   

Author: Dr. Franc CIGAN [born Czigán Ferenc] (1908 - 1971), Editor.
Place and Year: [Southern Carinthia, Austria, 1946].
Technique: 8°: 320 pp. mimeographed music scores and text, stapled into 20 volumes and enclosed within two original green and orange card folders with mimeographed titles (Very Good, slight staining).
Code: 67946

This impressive work is an anthology of 361 Slovenian popular and national songs, along with music scores.  It was published in 1946 in an, yet unidentified, Displaced Persons Camp in Southern Carinthia, Austria, by ‘White’ (conservative / Roman Catholic) refugees fleeing the new Socialist regime in Yugoslavia.  The work is historically valuable, as it grants a perhaps unprecedentedly thorough insight into the contemporary musical tastes of a large segment of the Slovenian population.

The editor of the anthology, Dr. Franc Cigan, notes on pages 139 and 140 that the songs were gathered by students under very difficult circumstances and printed on cheap paper, in times of rationing.

Dr. Cigan (1908 - 1971), born Czigán Ferenc, was a Roman Catholic priest and a keen collector of Slavic music.  He earned his doctorate at the University of Padua in 1946, and later that same year moved to minister in Stein im Jauntal, near Klagenfurt, in Austrian Carinthia.  In Carinthia, he encountered many recently arrived Yugoslavian refugees, who resided in DP camps.  From them, he gathered music scores and lyrics to hundreds of Slovenian songs from various parts of the country.

The present anthology is today very rare.  We can trace only three examples in libraries worldwide (National and University Library of Slovenia (Ljubljana); Slovenian Academy of Sciences (Ljubljana) and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Munich)).

Despite the rarity of original examples, the anthology is well known and highly regarded in academic circles.  In 1996, a reprint was published in Klagenfurt.

References: OCLC 443592484.