Sławomira Żerańska-Kominek (ed.) (2016)

Nationality vs Universality. Music Historiographies in Central and Eastern Europe

Verlag Cambridge Scholars
Erscheinungsort Newcastle upon Tyne
Seitenzahl(en) 260
Sprache Englisch

ISBN: 978-1-4438-8578-2

For the last few decades, historiography, considered as the central discipline of musicology, has explored new directions and sought inspiration for further research, consequently redefining the fundamental premises of historical musicology. This is especially true with regard to the concept of music history as the work of great individuals and the domain of artistic works, resulting from either tradition or new inventions. The validity of global and universal perspectives has been questioned, and researchers have emphasized the need to focus on local realities and day-to-day musical life. Another key topic in this ongoing debate is the (im)possibility of writing an "objective" historical narrative. The methodological foundations of the traditional Western model of music historiography have been deconstructed – a process which has revealed its profound and purely one-sided ideological profile.

This publication deals with the history of music as a way of representing historical memory and as an instrument of shaping society's present. It introduces selected European historiographic concepts created outside the "official" mainstream of Western historiography. The contributions to this volume not only demonstrate the cultural diversity of the conventions in which music history is narrated, but also reveal their ideological and political determinants. As such, the book represents fascinating reading for anyone interested in the mechanisms that shape notions of the musical past, which for many nations in Central and Eastern Europe is also a key element of their identity.