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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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Herder’s Journey

(p.261) Epilogue
Song Loves the Masses

Johann Gottfried Herder

Philip V. Bohlman

University of California Press

With a final contextualizing chapter, Philip V. Bohlman interprets Herder’s 1769 sea journey as a metaphor for the writings on music and nationalism, and for his sweeping influence on the history of ideas that we attribute to modernity. Dramatically leaving his post as pastor and director of religious life for the German community of Riga, Herder embarked on a sea journey that would provide him with the new experiences that would shape his approaches to anthropology, education, philosophy, religion, the universal history of humanity, and music. The 1769 sea journey, captured in the notes of an extensive journal Herder never published, acted as an ethnomusicological epiphany that would establish the encounter with folk songs lying ahead as the foundations for understanding world music.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Anthropology, Encounter, Ethnographic moment, Ethnomusicology, Folk song, Riga, Sea journey, Universal history of humanity, World music

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