Music of Slovenia


The music of Sloveniais closely related to German, Austrian and Istrian because of its common history and Alpine and littoral culture. In the minds of many foreigners, Slovenian folk music means a form of polka that is still popular today, especially among expatriates and their descendants in the area of Cleveland, Ohio

Slavko Avsenik is one of the most influential and popular polka and waltz musicians in the world. Oberkrainer music, which the Avsenik Ensemble popularized, remains very popular today and is always a strong candidate for country (folk) music awards in Slovenia and Austria. Slavko and his brother, Vilko, are usually credited as the pioneers of Slovenian popular music, having solidified its style in the 1950s.

Ljublja nanative Bratko Bibič's former band Begnagrad was a massively influential 1970s group that are considered one of the direct influences on modern world music Bibič's unique accordion style, often solo, with no accompaniment, has also made him a solo star.

Folk music includes velike goslarije, a type of big band music, the bowed zither and panpipes, and rural harmony singing. Folk revivalists include Katice, Trinajsto prase, Musicante Istriani and Tolovaj Mataj. Other modern musical groups and musicians include: Katalena,  Kladivo, Tomaž Pengov (folk), Orlek, Jani Kovačič, Vlado Kreslin (folk rock),  Agropop, Buh pomagej (folk pop), All Capone Štrajh Trio (ethno folk)




  • (cordofoni) bowed zither

  • (aerofoni) panpipes

  • (ancia libera)

  • (membranofoni)

  • (idiofoni)

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