- 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.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.
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