Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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History of Popular Music I

This reading on the history of popular music introduces to the musical culture of Europe and North America between 1750 and the end of the swing era in the 1940s. To capture the various facets of popular music, we will approach the musical culture from a multi-disciplinary perspective: On the one hand, relevant genres (popular song in the 19th century, operetta and musical comedy, blues, spiritual, gospel, jazz etc.) will be analysed with methods of musicology and cultural studies. On the other hand, the musical perspective will be extended by sociocultural, psychological, ethnological, economic and technological issues and contexts for obtaining a holistic understanding.

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