5.   Vinisce - (peninsula) Bosiljina

Vinisce is a small village in Middle Dalmatia, situated between Trogir and Sibenik, on the Bosiljina peninsula. Up to the mid 70s of the 20th century, Vinisce had inadequate road connections to the nearby coastal Marina. That is the reason musical tradition from the coast has substantial common attributes as the neighboring island Drvenik Veliki and Drvenik Mali (Big and Small Zirona) [18]. That is also the reason some of the most archaic singing styles are still present in the living musical traditon of Vinisce.

Matija and Josip Kostovic, a couple from Vinisce, sing Kacic' song The Knights of Kastela [19]. The repertoire of narrative songs of open structure was a dominant form of communication among the population of Dalmatian Hinterland as well as the Croatian islands until the appearance of the media (Caleta 2001a).

Beside solo narrating, singing in pairs was a common way of performing Kacic' songs, at which some competent individuals excelled. The individuals who perform these narrative songs are able to perform long, memorized songs so that they focused their mind about verses by fixing their gaze on a particular medium. The name for the style of singing longer narrative songs without instrumental accompaniment - pivanje iz kape [singing from the hat], pivanje iz knjige [singing from the book] - derives from the fact that the singer holds a hat or a book in his hand whilst singing.

Vinisce otok Drvenik

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The narrative songs of these, regularly illiterate singers, were about historic events, heroes and outlaws (hajduci). The principal characteristics of the singing are small ambitus of the melodies and the simple melodic curves. Nabrajanje ("enumerating") or kontanje ("counting") are the terms for the narrating notion of rhythmical reading. In performing and memorizing Kacic's verses, words and rhymes were often changed or misrepresented, depending of performer's fancy, local speech or patterns of transmission of oral traditions (Primorac 2004:16). It was obvious from conversation with the singers, the Kostovic family, that they missed singing this repertoire, although they were aware of the fact that an environment that had cherished such singing nowadays rarely exists, or does not exist at all.

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