John Botica performing Dalmatian dance music from Croatia,
Comprises a group of field materials documenting Peter Botica
performing Dalmatian dance music on the Lirica, Misnice, and Svirala
from Croatia on May 26, 1938 and
January 11, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Mountain
Biographical and historical notes:
Sidney Robertson Cowell refers to the lirica as the "liritza" and the misnice as the "mjersnice."
The svirala is a "shepherd's pipe," the misnice is "made [by John Botica] out of a goatskin,"
and the lirica is "a 3-stringed bowed lyre, also home made."
"Mr. Botica came here 33 years ago from an island off Dubrovnik, Dalmatia [Croatia],
Yugoslavia. . . He is famous for his bagpipe playing, though he does not vary his melody much.
He is considered an amateur on the liritza [lirica], The svirala is considered a 'backward' and
'mountain country' instrument, but Mr. Botica likes it."
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