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Voices of ambiguity – The GDR folk music revival movement (1976-1990): exploring lived musical experience and post-war German folk music discourses

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dc.contributor.author Morgenstern, Felix
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-24T13:35:19Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7252
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Following the ideological co-option of German folk music by the Nazi regime during the Third Reich (1933-1945), the genre’s performative practice was highly marginalized. Revivalists in both German post-war states initially recast German folk music in a recourse to the soundscape and song themes of Irish vernacular music, before reconnecting with a 19th century oppositional German folk song repertoire. In the GDR, songs of the 1848 Revolution were curated as the state’s ‘democratic’ cultural heritage and could not be readily censored. This allowed artists to perform historical folk songs to metaphorically critique circumstances existing in East Germany. Drawing upon fieldwork conducted among former GDR folk musicians, this paper explores their encounters in relation to established post-war German folk music discourses on the relationship between artists and state authorities. Concrete analysis of a 19th century emigration song uncovers how folk musicians could subversively pass comment on state-imposed travel restrictions to the West. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Ltd en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies;56 (2), pp. 116-129
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/04308778.2018.1501956
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Folk Life:Journal of Ethnological Studies 2018 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/04308778.2018.1501956 en_US
dc.subject GDR en_US
dc.subject folk music en_US
dc.subject postwar en_US
dc.subject revival en_US
dc.subject socialism en_US
dc.subject Germany en_US
dc.title Voices of ambiguity – The GDR folk music revival movement (1976-1990): exploring lived musical experience and post-war German folk music discourses en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/04308778.2018.1501956
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2020-08-09
dc.embargo.terms 2020-08-09 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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