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New Cultural History of Music

What the Ballad Knows

The Ballad Genre, Memory Culture, and German Nationalism

Adrian Daub

What the Ballad Knows

New Cultural History of Music

What the Ballad Knows

The Ballad Genre, Memory Culture, and German Nationalism

New Cultural History of Music: What the Ballad Knows

 

In What the Ballad Knows, author Adrian Daub elucidates the complex relationship between ballads and nationalism in 19th century German culture.


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Beschrijving New Cultural History of Music: What the Ballad Knows

Over the course of the 19th century, ballads proliferated in German-speaking Europe in a truly remarkable range of contexts. Audiences were of course likely encounter balladry in the volumes of Goethe and Schiller, in various anthologies or illustrated editions. But they were just as likely to come across objects billed as ballads in recitation evenings by popular actors, in song-settings by Schubert and Loewe, in piano pieces by Chopin, in the opera house and the
concert hall, in mass-produced drawings, paintings and even chinaware. Ballads were poems one could use - schoolteachers used them to train their students' memory (or punish them), women composers used them to assert their place in the musical canon, actors used them to bolster their income, mothers
used them to put their children to sleep. Ballads intersected with gender and class, promising to democratize art, while in fact helping make distinctions. In What the Ballad Knows: The Ballad Genre, Memory Culture and German Nationalism, Adrian Daub tells the story of this itinerant genre across media, periods, regions and social strata and shows that, even though it was often positioned as an authentic product of "German spirit," the ballad frequently unsettled and subverted the
national project. The popular imagination rooted these poems in pre-modern oral culture, among bards and peasants in the everyday life of common folk. But in fact nineteenth-century ballads were in the end all about modernity – modern modes of association, of attention, of dissemination.


ISBN
9780190885496
Pagina's
288
Verschijnt
Serie
New Cultural History of Music
NUR
660
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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