The Singer and the Scribe: European Ballad Traditions and European Ballad Cultures

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Philip E. Bennett, Richard Firth Green
Rodopi, 2004 - Music - 223 pages
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The Singer and the Scribe brings together studies of the European ballad from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century by major authorities in the field and is of interest to students of European literature, popular traditions and folksong. It offers an original view of the development of the ballad by focusing on the interplay and interdependence of written and oral transmission, including studies of modern singers and their repertoires and of the role of the audience in generating a literary product which continues to live in performance. While using specific case studies the contributors systematically extend their reflections on the ballad as song and as poetry to draw broader conclusions. Covering the Hispanic world, including the Sephardic tradition, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Greece, Russia, England and Scotland the essays also demonstrate the interconnections of a European tradition beyond national boundaries.
 

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Contents

Roderick Beaton Balladry in the Medieval Greek World
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Huw Lewis From Oral Adventure Story to Literary Tale of
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two
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a medieval ballad and its history
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William Layher Looking up at Holger Dansk og Burmand DgF
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the enigma of
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Richard Firth Green F J Child and Mikail Bakhtin
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Margaret Sleeman Estrea Aelion Salonica Sephardic Tradition and the
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List of Contributors
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Page ix - Datum den Zeitpunkt der ersten greifbaren schriftlichen Fixierung gelten und schließt somit sämtliche Spekulationen um die vorangegangene mündliche Tradition aus: "I therefore assume that a given ballad took the particular shape it has about the time it was written down, ...
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