Folklore | European Folk Musics
F635 | 24744 | Hooker


This course will examine a wide variety of European musical
communities, nations, and styles, from Hungary, Estonia, Finland,
Bulgaria, and Russia in the east to Norway, England, and Ireland in
the west, as well as some musics of two important transnational
communities, Jews and Roma (Gypsies).  In addition, we will explore
issues of style, ethnicity, nationalism, revival, politics, and
commercialization expressed through this music.  The course has three
goals: to become familiar with the diversity of European national and
regional musics and some ways of studying them, to examine the roles
these musics play in the lives of the people who make them, and to
understand the interplay between innovation and preservation that has
changed them over time. No musical background is necessary.