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The grand narratives of European music history are informed by the dichotomy of placements and displacements, yet musicology has thus far largely ignored the phenomenon of displacement and underestimated its significance for musical landscapes and music history. As a pioneering volume in the Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities series, Music and Displacement: Diasporas, Mobilities, and Dislocations in Europe and Beyond fills this gap as it explores the interactions between music and displacement in theoretical and practical terms. Distinguished international scholars contribute a wide range of case studies, incorporating art, popular, folk and jazz music and interacting with areas such as gender and post-colonial studies, critical theory, migration, and diaspora.

The book is structured in three stages-silence, acculturation, and theory-that move from silence to sound and form displacement to placement. The range of subject matter within these sections is deliberately hybrid and mirrors the eclectic nature of displacement itself, with case studies exploring Nazi anti-Semitism in musical displacement; musical life in the Jewish community of Palestine; Mahler, Jewishness, and jazz; the Irish diaspora in England; and German exile studies, among others. Featuring articles from such scholars as Ruth F. Davis, Sean Campbell, Jim Samson, Sydney Hutchinson, and Europea series coeditor Phillip V. Bohlman, this collection exerts an appeal reaching beyond music and musicology to embrace all areas in the humanities concerned with notions of displacement, migration, and diaspora.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810872950
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities Series , #10
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Florian Scheding is Research Fellow in Music at the University of Southampton.

Erik Levi is Reader in Music and Director of Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. He writes regular reviews for the BBC Music Magazine.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword Philip V. Bohlman Martin Stokes vii

Introduction Florian Scheding Erik Levi 1

Part 1 The Silence of Displacement

1 "Das Lied ist aus": The Final Resting Place along Music's Endless Journey Philip V. Bohlman 15

2 Dimensions of Silencing: On Nazi Anti-Semitism in Musical Displacement Peter Petersen 31

3 Ježek Zeisl, Améry, and The Exile in the Middle Michael Beckerman 43

Part 2 Displacement and Acculturation

4 The Vision of the East and the Heritage of the West: Displacement as a Catalyst for the Creation of Musical Life in the Jewish Community of Palestine Jehoash Hirshberg 57

5 Time, Place, and Memory: Songs for a North African Jewish Pilgrimage Ruth F. Davis 71

6 Displaced Sounds: Popular Music-Making among the Irish Diaspora in England Sean Campbell 89

7 On Taking Leave: Mahler, Jewishness, and Jazz in Uri Caine's Urlicht/Primal Light Björn Heile 105

Part 3 Theories and/of Displacement

8 "The Splinter in Your Eye": Uncomfortable Legacies and German Exile Studies Florian Scheding 119

9 Adorno and Exile: Some Thoughts on Displacement and What It Means to Be German Max Paddison 135

10 Places of the Body: Corporal Displacements, Misplacements, and Replacements in Music and Dance Research Sydney Hutchinson 155

11 Little Stories from the Balkans Jim Samson 181

Index 197

About the Contributors 205

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