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Song Loves the MassesHerder on Music and Nationalism$
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Johann Gottfried Herder and Philip V. Bohlman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234949

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234949.001.0001

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Folk Song at the Beginnings of National History

Folk Song at the Beginnings of National History

Essay on Alte Volkslieder (1774)

Chapter:
(p.21) 1. Folk Song at the Beginnings of National History
Source:
Song Loves the Masses
Author(s):

Philip V. Bohlman

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234949.003.0002

The first translation chapter examines the Johann Gottfried Herder’s first major attempt to gather and publish the songs to which he referred as folk songs. Publication of the four parts of Alte Volkslieder (old folk songs) was planned for 1774, but remained incomplete, albeit an experiment that would provide the template for later anthologies. Two of the introductory essays from the four parts appear in translation in the present chapter. The “first book” critically raises questions about the ways in which song provides telling evidence for cultural and national history, especially that of Germany. The “fourth book” has the subtitle, “Approaching the Songs of Foreign Peoples,” and therefore contains the first essay by Herder to understand the meaning of music that forms from the encounter between self and other.

Keywords:   Antiquity, English history, Folk song, German history, Musical thought, Nation, Nordic song, Ossian

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