The Music of European Nationalism: Cultural Identity and Modern History, Volume 1

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - History - 423 pages

Nationalism in Europe resonates through music--from folk song to marches, from operas to anthems--giving voice in this reference resource to the makers of modern history.

The Music of European Nationalism: Cultural Identity and Modern History surveys the intersection of music and nationalism by tracing its historical development and documenting its persistence today. Contrasting different types of music reveals how music expresses core ideas of nationalism, for example, folk music in the 19th century and popular music in the 21st.

The book also examines music-making that defies easy classification, but rather cuts across class and ideological divisions: national anthems, military music, and national folk ensembles in Eastern Europe. Music that defines ethnic and cultural groups without being explicitly nationalistic, such as klezmer and Roma (Gypsy) music, is also featured. The discussion of the interplay between nationalism and music is accessible to lay and specialist readers alike.

- Includes a glossary defining terms such as Deutscher tanz, Edda, Ausgleich, ballad, and illustrations such as Das Deutschlandlied and the World War I recording project

- Includes an audio CD with musical examples from fieldwork and some of Europe's foremost performers

About the author (2004)

Philip V. Bohlman is the Mary Werkman Professor of the Humanities and of Music and chair of Jewish studies at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.