Music in the Balkans (Balkan Studies Library 8)

Music in the Balkans (Balkan Studies Library 8)

By: Jim Samson (author)Hardback

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This book asks how a study of many different musics in South East Europe can help us understand the construction of cultural traditions, East and West. It crosses boundaries of many kinds, political, cultural, repertorial and disciplinary. Above all, it seeks to elucidate the relationship between politics and musical practice in a region whose art music has been all but written out of the European story and whose traditional music has been subject to appropriation by one ideology after another. South East Europe, with its mix of ethnicities and religions, presents an exceptionally rich field of study in this respect. The book will be of value to anyone interested in intersections between pre-modern and modern cultures, between empires and nations and between culture and politics.

About Author

Jim Samson. Emeritus Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published extensively on Chopin and Liszt, and on analytical and aesthetic topics in 19th and 20th century music. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds the Order of Merit of the Polish Ministry of Culture.


List of Illustrations List of Maps Introduction Part 1. Balkan Geographies Chapter 1 Exodus Sarajevo: little Jerusalem Two peninsulas: the Sephardic diaspora Singing the community: music of the Sephardim Opening out: themes and developments Chapter 2 Ecologies Music and place Ringed by mountains: the Oas Country On the voice: the Dinaric Alps and other mountains Deep in Sumadija Chapter 3 Displacements Investing in place Migrations: Serbs in a Habsburg world Trading places: Greece and Anatolia Tallava rules: Kosovars in Macedonia Chapter 4 Ecumenes In the minority All together in Vojvodina Orchestrating Thrace Chapter 5 Centres All in the family: mapping Montenegro Finding the centre: people and traditions East - West Part 2. Historical Layers Chapter 6 A Makam-Echos Culture Grand narratives Byzantine reflections Ottoman canons Chapter 7 Eastern Recessions Allahu Ekber Coffee break Turning West Chapter 8 Infrastructures Littoral Balkans: Venice and the Adriatic Mitteleuropa: the reach of the Habsburgs Reciprocities: modernising the peripheries The Principalities and beyond Chapter 9 Nations The first steps Two nations The Berlin Balkans Yugoslavism Chapter 10 Inspirers Building the pyramids: reflections on high culture Greeks .... .... and other agents Either/or: reflections on modernism Part 3. Music in Transition Chapter 11 Mixing It Discourses of transition Nuts and bolts: elements of popular music On the record: surveying the legacy Chapter 12 Join the Club Following the leader: Manolis Kalomiris Drawing the circle: the Greek National School Another way: the failure of Greek modernism Chapter 13 Moderna Garlands: Stevan Mokranjac One people, three names: the first Yugoslavia Late arrivals: Croatian modernisms Parallel tracks: Bulgarian advances Transit to Prague Chapter 14 Serbo-Croat Who owns Slavenski? From the Balkans ... the cosmos Chapter 15 Placing Genius A tempting comparison: locating George Enescu Closing in: Enescu's journey Wider again: in the modernist canon Part 4. Eastern Europe Chapter 16 The Curtain Descends Left, right.... In extremis: the singular case of Albania Administered music: performing communism Composers on message Chapter 17 Diverging Paths Traffic with Moscow The acolyte: Bulgarian bridges The zealot: Albanian austerities The maverick: Romanian renewals Chapter 18 Another Try Politics versus culture: the second Yugoslavia The dark decade: mainly Serbia In from the cold: mainly Croatia, a little Slovenia, and back to Serbia Catching up: other republics Chapter 19 Birthright of the People Orchestras: classicising traditional music Newly composed folk music Simulacra: wedding music and more Chapter 20 One Got Away Popular art music: Theodorakis at large Art music: modernism is official Popular music: rebetika and beyond Part 5. Global Balkans Chapter 21 All Change Brave new world Another Balkans: the diasporic imagination Composers in exile Chapter 22 Conservation Who needs classical music? Has modern music really grown old? Where have all the folksongs gone? Chapter 23 Balkan Beat Heroes Reinscribing Yugoslavia Divas Greek mythology Chapter 24 On Boundaries and Events In theory Greece and its neighbours Music partitioned ... ... and not quite partitioned Chapter 25 Endgame Degenerations Generations Balkan ghetto: the story of Kosovo Are we there yet? Glossary Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789004250376
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 732
  • ID: 9789004250376
  • weight: 1282
  • ISBN10: 9004250379

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