Polyphony is one of the less comprehended
phenomena of musical thinking. The interest in researching it has significantly increased over the last years. The map presented on this page indicates
the areas all over the world where polyphonic music is spread.
Over three thousand years of history, Georgia allocated on the border
line between Asia and Europe has developed its
unique polyphonic musical culture. The Georgians have enriched the world
treasure with specific polyphonic and church music. Since ancient times
three-part singing has been the norm of Georgian musical thinking. Everybody
who has ever been in touch with Georgian polyphonic examples recognizes their
diversity and excellence.
History of the scientific
study of traditional polyphonic music counts a century. Later renowned foreign scholars and musicians also got interested in Georgian polyphonic
music. The interest especially increased at the end of the 20th century; which was proved by the scientific-practical conferences held in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998 and 2000. This was followed by the
First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in 2002.
These scientific forums
inspired the idea to establish the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony, which was realized in
2003 with the support of UNESCO and world-renowned ethnomusicologists.
On the one hand, the Center
aims to collect scientific knowledge on the world polyphony and on the other hand to spread the
practical and theoretical knowledge on Georgian polyphony throughout the world. This purpose is achieved by international symposia on polyphony and the published collections of proceedings of the symposia.
The web site on the world and Georgian
polyphony will help the people interested in these issues to have an access to
the information available at the Center.