Hvar - UNESCO island

Klapa singing

Klapa singing is a traditional a capella multipart singing, originating in Dalmatia. The word klapa translates as "a group of friends". The klapa and klapa song tradition we know today was formed in the mid 19th century, at a time when cultural and musical identities of Dalmatian towns on the coast and on the islands were being formed.

Klapa songs are recognizable by their internal musical structure, melody, harmony and lyrics. The most common form of multipart klapa songs is a three-part and four-part. Lyrics are mostly about love, and they range from poetic, cheerful, optimistic and humorous ones to the lyrics with excessive sentimentalism.

In 2012 Klapa singing was inscribed in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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