The exhibition of the Regional Museum Koper Godci god’jo prav na glas
thematically explores folk musical instruments and folk music
expression in Northern Istria, Ćićarija, Brkin and Ilirska Bistrica.
Ever since the late Middle Ages there has been a significant
cultural connection between Istria and Venice, Middle Europe,
especially Kranjska and Furlania, but also Austria, Czech and even
The first evidence of Istrian musical instruments date back to 17th
century (G.F. Tommasin); information about Slovenian part of Istra,
Ćićarija and Brkin can be found in works of Radoslav Hrovatin. We can
say with certainty that the first sound recordings were made in the
1950’s, but unfortunately the recorded material had been lost. Interest
in folk music of Northern Istria was once again expressed in the late
1970’s thanks to Dario Marušić and Robert Starec. Rožana Koštial,
Marino Kranjac, Rožana Špeh, Romeo Volk and Emil Zonta are the ones
that are today occupied with folk music heritage of Northern Istria,
Ćićarija and area of Brkin-Bistrica.
Folk music research has, although with great delay,
significantly expanded understanding of the ‘sound devices’. Folk
instruments differ from other instruments in their different criteria,
for historical and socio – cultural implication being the most
interesting one. Any ‘musical device’ that folk musicians were using
for playing traditional music on the occasions considered to be folk
customs can become a musical instrument, even so different objects
traditionally used to create a sound, and therefore being put in the
function as musical instruments (wooden spatula, top cover, glass jar,
foliage, trees, skin, etc.).
Regarding the area here presented, we are only at the beginning of the research.
exhibition therefore, is not of aggregative significance, its primary
intention is to present musical instruments of our multicultural
microcosmic region, as well as to initiate further research of this
Authors of the exhibition:
Vlasta Beltram, Zvona Ciglič, Marino Kranjac, Dario Marušić, Romeo Volk, Emil Zonta