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The Search for Medieval Music in Africa and Germany, 1891-1961: Scholars, Singers, Missionaries

Anna Maria Busse Berger


In this book we can observe an interaction between three seemingly distinct, but surprisingly connected worlds in the first half of the twentieth century: that of the founders of comparative musicology in Germany who searched for the origins of music and were convinced that medieval music must have been similar to the music they encountered and recorded in "primitive" societies; that of the scholars and musicians—for the most part members of the German youth movements, the Jugendmusik—and Singbewegung—who were studying, reconstructing, and performing early European music; and that of the Prote ... More

Keywords: comparative musicology, historical musicology, Gemeinschaftsmusik, missionaries, African music, medieval music, Gregorian chant, Jugendmusikbewegung, Singbewegung

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226740348
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226740485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Maria Busse Berger, author
University of California, Davis