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date: 17 June 2019

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This article explores the musical culture of children in Georgia, focusing on the phenomenon of vocal polyphony. It considers the possibility that if children can sing polyphonic songs with features that are similar to those of adults, then it should be possible to find in the children’s repertoire more “rudimentary” chords and/or simplified harmonic syntax processes. The aim is to determine whether children's polyphonic performance uses less complex harmonic structures that would then provide a key to a better understanding the complexities of Georgian music.

Keywords: Georgia, musical culture, oral tradition, collective singing, vocal polyphony

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