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Forgetting as in(ter)vention: memory and context in very short songs

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262887
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0006

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Forgetting as in(ter)vention: memory and context in very short songs

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This chapter discusses memory and context in very short songs. Whenever a song is very short, the question of the failing memory of the source singer is always considered an issue. Instead of pondering the question of what is complete or not, the discussion considers singers and their milieu. One section looks at ‘re-memory’ in two Finnish ballads, while short songs in the folk revival are discussed in another section.

Keywords: memory; context; very short songs; failing memory; source singer; Finnish ballads; folk revival

Chapter.  6380 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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