- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Note on the Text
- Note on Translation and Commentary
1.Folk Song at the Beginnings of National History
- From Alte Volkslieder / Ancient Folk Songs
2.The Folk Song Project at the Confluence of Music and Nationalism
- From Volkslieder and Stimmen der Völker in Liedern / Folk Songs and Voices of the People in Song
3.Singing the Sacred Body
- From Lieder der Liebe: Die ältesten und schönsten aus Morgenlande / Songs of Love: The Oldest and Most Beautiful from the Orient
4.The Nation and Its Fragments
- From “Briefwechsel über Ossian und die Lieder alter Völker” / “Correspondence about Ossian and the Songs of Ancient Peoples”
5.Songs of the Enlightenment Bard
- “Homer und Ossian” / “Homer and Ossian”
6.Redemption through Sacred Song
- Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings
7.The Shores of Modernity
- From “Wirkung der Dichtkunst auf die Sitten neuerer Zeiten” / “The Influence of Poetry on the Customs of Modernity”
8.The Epic as Nation
- From Der Cid / The Cid
9.Music Transcendent and Sublime
- “Von Musik” / “On Music”
- (p.1) Prologue
- Song Loves the Masses
Johann Gottfried Herder
Philip V. Bohlman
- University of California Press
Over the course of more than two centuries modern readers have returned to Johann Gottfried Herder’s writings because of the wide-ranging influence on the many areas of thought that are foundational to modern intellectual history. In this prologue, Herder’s contributions to theological writings from world religions provide touchstones for the foundations of world music in intellectual history. His studies of Christianity and Judaism, as well as early Hindu writings, become common historical subject matter, joined through translation and the widespread presence of music in seminal texts. The prologue identifies the ways in which Herder’s universal thought leads to a new aesthetic and ontology of music, combining the object of song with the subject of singing.
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