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U320/U520  Hungarian Folk Music
Lynn Hooker

Since the term was coined in the late eighteenth century, “folksong” has been used to evoke the essence of the folk and the nation.  Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hungarian composers, scholars, and commentators argued over the definition of folk music and wrestled over what symbolism should be invested in it.  In this course, we will discuss the history of discourse on folk music in general and in Hungary specifically.  In addition to varied folk repertories, we will study the scholarship on Hungarian folk music, including the contributions of collectors/ethnomusicologists like Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, and György Martin, in context.  Finally, we will examine the institutions through which folk music and dance have been revived and presented to publics in Hungarian cities and around the world: professional and amateur folk ensembles and the táncház movement.

 

The language of readings in this course is English, though those with Hungarian competency will be encouraged to explore additional sources.

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Days and Time:  Monday and Wednesday, 5:30-6:45