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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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The Folk Song Project at the Confluence of Music and Nationalism

The Folk Song Project at the Confluence of Music and Nationalism

Essay on Volkslieder (1778/79) and Stimmen der Völker in Liedern (1807)

(p.44) 2. The Folk Song Project at the Confluence of Music and Nationalism
Song Loves the Masses

Philip V. Bohlman

University of California Press

Published in six folios during 1778 and 1779, Herder’s Volkslieder (Folk songs) has been one of the most influential works in modern intellectual history, even though it has never before appeared in English translation. The Volkslieder not only became the first collection of world music—songs came not only from many regions of Europe, but also from Africa, the Mediterranean, and South America—but also served as the source for European composers throughout the nineteenth century. Aesthetics, ethnography, and literary and cultural history converge to transform modern musical thought. Part one of the chapter contains translations from Herder’s own introductions to the songs, and part two contains twenty-four songs that represent the paradigm shift inspired by this monumental work on folk song.

Keywords:   Ballads, Baltic songs, Epic, Folk song, Madagascar, Nationalism, Ossian, Shakespeare, Stimmen der Völker in Liedern, Thomas Percy

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