Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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Folk Music

Folk music and folklore are terms for a wide range of different genres. One mutual characteristic of these forms of music is their use as a means of expression for local and regional groups. This seminar deals with diverse genres of popular music like the traditional folk song, popular tune, operetta, salon piece, blues, folk rock, country, New German Wave and singer-songwriter. We will analyse the historical, sociocultural, performative, medial and aesthetic aspects of the music to determine the interrelation of these aspects. On this basis, we will reflect on the importance of local musical practices with reference to a “glocal” world of music (Robertson 1998).

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