11.   Hvar, the island of Hvar

Until the middle of the 20th century, the social dance parties (kavalkine, sociji, munde) were the important social events in the life of the local islands' communities. The stories and reminiscences of that time are still present in the collective memory of the communities. The names of the dances indicate a Mediterranean and Central European origin for most of the dances. Bozidar Sirola, mentioned the names of the social dances from the beginning of the 20th century: "tempet in Makarska, monfrina, ciciliana, mazorka, versovijen ili versalje, strada feratta, polka  in Komiza the island of Vis; traskun, valcer in Stari Grad the island of Hvar; vilota, sotis, konse, bela roza, marmontin, livacic, resolje in Nerezisce the island of Brac'' [38] (Sirola 1942:131).


Aware of the lifestyle change, the new generation tries to reconstruct some of the typical "old time" music and dance practice. The example from the island of Hvar shows some of the possible ways

to accomplish the "real" reconstruction of the tradition. The folk group "Saltin" from Hvar invited the oldest lirica player to show the dances, songs and playing technique to their members. Toni Krstinic is the only lirica player of older generation on the island of Hvar. The song (and dance) Propade se pod ("The floor is breaking down"), and dances Furlona, Versovjen are accompanied by lirica playing while Salonsko kolo is accompanied by a small mandolin ensemble.


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