Heritagization of traditional and popular music in Croatia in historical perspective

“Heritage music” and “music as intangible heritage” are the terms that are just entering the scientific discourse, i.e., they are in the process of their initial articulation. The main aspects are the connectedness to UNESCO’s programme of intangible heritage, the collision of culturally relative conceptions and practices with global players and measures of protection and the need for cultural translation between two spheres, critique of the existing and promoting of more inclusive cultural politics, the relationship between cultural and human rights, issues of intellectual property, importance of collaborative and (technologically) innovative ways of acting, utility of music in programmes of sustainable development and advancement of intercultural communication, openness to the creative changes of an artist and, as a whole, transformation/arrangement of local traditional music for the global exchange. Within these, the question of collaborative ways of acting in the context of general ethnomusicological movements and consideration of effects of UNESCO’s programme in Croatia are of exceptional importance.