Žanna Pärtlas

Curriculum Vitae

(last update: 2010)

Born 1964 in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia (former USSR).

1983–1989 she studied musicology at the Rimski-Korsakov State Conservatory, St. Petersburg. 1989–1992 postgraduate studies at the same institution. In 1992 defended a doctoral thesis on heterophony in Russian folk songs (based on the archaic songs of Northwest Russia – Pskov and Smolensk regions). 1991–1992 was a lecturer of music theory at the Herzen Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg.

Since 1992 in Tallinn (Estonia). In 1994 she started working at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (the Department of Musicology), first as lecturer of music theory then as associate professor and senior researcher. From the middle of 1990th her research interests have concentrated on the archaic tradition of multipart singing of the Setus (Southeast Estonia). Research projects mostly deal with the analytical approaches to traditional music and general theoretical questions of traditional multipart singing.

Since 1981 field work in Russia (Pskov, Smolensk, Tver regions), Belarus (Vitebsk, Gomel regions), and Estonia (Setumaa).

 

Selected Publications:

  • 1992. Теоретические проблемы гетерофонии [Theoretical Questions of the Heterophony; in Russian]. In Проблемы фактуры, ed. Татьяна Бершадская, Санкт-Петербургская государственная консерватория им. Н. А. Римского-Корсакова, St. Petersburg, 65 - 89.
  • 1992. Гетерофонное многоголосие русской народной песни: определение феномена, закономерности образования и строения (на материале традиции русско-белорусского пограничья) [Heterophony in Russian Folk Song Tradition: Definition of the Phenomenon, Formation Rules and Structure (on the Material of the Border Zone of Russia and Belarus); in Russian]. Ph. D. Dissertation, The Rimski-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.
  • 1997. Tähelepanekuid setu laulu laadiehitusest ja mitmehäälsusest [Some Remarks about Modal Structure and Polyphony in the Setu Songs; in Estonian]. In Teater. Muusika. Kino, nr 1, 23 - 28.
  • 2000. Helide funktsionaalsuhetest setu pooltoon-poolteisttoon-laadis (mitmekanaliliste salvestuste distributiivanalüüsi põhjal) [The Functional Relationships of Tones in the Setu One-Three-Semitone Mode (on the basis of the distributive analysis of the multi-channel recordings; in Estonian]. In Töid muusikateooria alalt I, ed. Mart Humal, Eesti Muusikaakadeemia, Scripta Musicalia, Tallinn, 115 – 140 [Summary in English: 204 - 205].
  • 2001. Viisi rütmilisest vormist ja laadirütmist setu mitmehäälses rahvalaulus [The Rhythmic Form of the Tune and Modal Rhythm in the Setu Polyphonic Folk Song; in Estonian]. In Regilaul – keel, muusika, poeetika, eds. Tiiu Jaago, Mari Sarv, Eesti Kirjandusmuusem, Tartu, 117 - 152 [Summary in English: 369 - 371].
  • 2004. Muusikaanalüüs etnomusikoloogias [Music Analysis in Ethnomusicology; in Estonian]. In Mõeldes muusikast: sissevaateid muusikateadusesse, eds. Jaan Ross, Kaire Maimets, Varrak, Tallinn, 448 - 475.
  • 22004. Muusikalise loomingu võimalikkusest setu mitmehäälses laulutraditsioonis [On the Possibilities of Musical Creation in the Setu Polyphonic Song Tradition; in Estonian]. In Regilaul – loodud või saadud?, ed. Mari Sarv, Eesti Kirjandusmuusem, Tartu, 73 - 87 [Summary in English: 264 - 266].
  • 2004. О ладовом “двуязычии” сетуских многоголосных песен [On the Modal “Bilingualism” in the Setu Polyphonic Songs; in Russian]. In Механизм передачи фольклорной традиции, ed. Наиля Абубакирова-Глазунова, Российский институт истории исскуств, Санкт-Петербург, 78 - 90.
  • 2005. К вопросу о сходствах в сетуской, мордовской и южнорусской песенных традициях [On the Similarities between Setu, Mordovian and South-Russian Folk Song Traditions; in Russian]. In Setumaa kogumik 3. Uurimusi Setumaa loodusest, ajaloost ja folkloristikast, eds. Mare Aun, Ülle Tamla, Tallinna Ülikooli Ajaloo Instituut, Tallinn 196 - 237 [Summary in English: 236 - 237].
  • 2006. Foundations of the Typology of Setu Folk Tunes [in English]; Setu rahvaviiside tüpoloogia alustest [in Estonian]. In Individual and Collective in Traditional Culture. Individuaalne ja kollektiivne traditsionaalses kultuuris. Töid etnomusikoloogia alalt 4, eds. Triinu Ojamaa, Andreas Kalkun, Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum, Tartu, 19 - 38 (in English), 29 - 46 (in Estonian).
  • 2006. "Sümmeetrilised laadid" ja monointervalliline mitmehäälsus vokaalses rahvamuusikas: mõningaid paralleele setu ja Lõuna-Venemaa rahvalaulu vahel [“Symmetrical Modes” and Mono-interval Polyphony in Vocal Folk Music: Some Parallels between the Setu and Southern Russian Folk Song; in Estonian]. In Regilaul – esitus ja tõlgendus, ed. Aado Lintrop, Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum, Tartu, 219 - 248 [Summary in English: 270 - 272].
  • 2008. Принципы бурдона и гармонического согласования в сетуском вокальном многоголосии: закономерности строения партии killõ [The Principles of Bourdon and Harmonic Coordination in Setu Multipart Singing: The Rules for the Upper Voice killõ; in Russian]. In Финно-угорское многоголосие в контексте других музыкальных культур, eds. Triinu Ojamaa, Žanna Pärtlas, Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum, Tartu, Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia, Tallinn, 107 - 122 [Summary in English: 121].
  • 2008. Гармонический ритм и проблема типологизации народных напевов (на материале многоголосных сету-эстонских песен) [Harmonic Rhythm and the Problem of a Typology of Traditional Tunes (The Case of Setu-Estonian Multipart Songs)]. In Финно-угорские музыкальные традиции в контексте межэтнических отношений, eds. Н. И. Бояркин, Л. Б. Бояркина, М. В. Логинова, Е. В. Сычева, Издательство Мордовского университета, Саранск, 240 - 253.
  • 2010. Ambrazevicius, Rytis, Žanna Pärtlas. Searching for the "Natural" Origins of Symmetrical Scales: Traditional Multipart Setu Songs. In CIM10. Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. Nature versus Culture. Programme and Proceedings, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, 73 - 78.
  • 2010. Setu Multipart Singing: Comparison of Written Sources and Sound Recordings. In Historical Sources and Source Criticism, eds. Susanne Ziegler, Urban Bareis, Svenskt Visarkiv, Stockholm, 227 - 237.
  • 2010. A “Hen-and-Egg” Problem: Interrelation Between Scale Structure and Vertical Structure in Setu Multipart Songs. In The Fourth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. Proceedings, eds. Rusudan Tsurtsumia, Joseph Jordania, International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi Vano Sarajishvili State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, 336 - 354.
  • 2010. O проблеме восприятия и нотации ладов с подвижными ступенями: эксперимент А. М. Листопадова и сетуские архаические звукоряды [About the Perception of Modes with Mutable Tones: the Experiment by A. M. Listopadov and the Ancient Setu Scales]. In Фольклор и мы: Традиционная культура в зеркале ее восприятий, eds. Н. Ю. Альмеева, А. Ф. Некрылова, А. В. Ромодин, Российский Институт Истории Искусств, СанктюПетербург, 20 - 32.