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Musical Identities and European Perspective

An Interdisciplinary Approach


Ivana Perković and Franco Fabbri

This book focuses on the relationship between identity and music in Europe from different angles. It takes two basic categories into account: identities in music and music in identities. The authors provide studies on identity construction in different historical and geographical contexts. They also evaluate the discourse of popular music in Europe and analyze various topics related to complex and changing concepts of identity, whether it is about an individual composer, issues of style or musical work itself.

The Velvet Curtain. European Identities and Lithuanian Musical Imagination in the Post-Communist Era – Karol Szymanowski and his Concept of Polish Music. Contexts and Resonance – Portugal From «Good Other» to «Ideal Self»: Images of Russian Otherness in France and the Iberian Peninsula at the Turn of the 20th Century – Ambiguity, Mimicry and War: «Alla Turca» in Contredanse K 535 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Defining Identity: In Quest of «Lithuanianness» in Piano Performance Art – Influence, Imitation, and the Reshaping of Identities in European Popular Music – «Rock me Lane moje» – European Identifications of Transitory Yugoslav/West Balkans’ Identities at the Eurovision Song Contest – Memory, Spectacle, and the Image of Songs – The Estonian Singing Revolution: Musematic Insights – A Short Correspondence between Edgar VareÌse and John Cage: Around, about and above the «Organized Sound»The Facets of the Decline of Avant-Garde Exclusivity as the Cause of Specific Stylistic Connotations of the Musical Avant-Garde Today – Types of Transtextuality in the Selected Works of Serbian Musical Postmodernism – The Musical Text and the Ontology of the Musical Work