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Song Loves the Masses: Herder on Music and Nationalism

Johann Gottfried Herder and Philip V. Bohlman


Had Johann Gottfried Herder (1744–1803) written a book on music, it would have been Song Loves the Masses. One of the great polymaths of modern intellectual history, Herder wrote influential contributions to philosophy, theology, anthropology, aesthetics, history—and music. His writings on musical subjects are among his most comprehensive, ranging from studies of music in the origins of human speech to the song practices underlying a universal humanity. Herder’s collections of these practices, to which he referred collectively as “folk songs” sounded world music in its complex diversity and pr ... More

Keywords: Aesthetics, Enlightenment, Epic, Ethnomusicology, Folk song, Nationalism, Ontology of music, Sacred song, Universal history of humanity, World music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520234949
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johann Gottfried Herder, author
University of Chicago

Philip V. Bohlman, author
University of Chicago

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Part I. The Ontology Project

From Alte Volkslieder / Ancient Folk Songs

Johann Gottfried Herder, TRANSLATED BY Philip V. Bohlman

3. Singing the Sacred Body

Philip V. Bohlman

Part II. The History Project

“Homer und Ossian” / “Homer and Ossian”

Johann Gottfried Herder, TRANSLATED BY Philip V. Bohlman

Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings

Johann Gottfried Herder, TRANSLATED BY Philip V. Bohlman

Part III. The Nation Project

7. The Shores of Modernity

Philip V. Bohlman

8. The Epic as Nation

Philip V. Bohlman

From Der Cid / The Cid

Johann Gottfried Herder, TRANSLATED BY Philip V. Bohlman

“Von Musik” / “On Music”

Johann Gottfried Herder, Translated BY Philip V. Bohlman

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