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The meanings of close sources: Personal notebooks and personal songbooks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology.
2014 (English)In: Traditions for tomorrow, 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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The safeguarding of folk music in the Nordic countries is a challenge in many levels. The most important is of course to secure and promote the traditions of today. But today ́s performances must have a historical background; otherwise no one will understand the meaning of a certain melodic phrase, a certain text line or a certain foot-step. The background is to be found in the many archives that store recordings of different kinds. However, it is a paradox that most folk music-recordings have been carried out by peoples that were not performers themselves. Most collectors of folk tunes, folk songs and folk dances were in fact temporary guests in the traditional milieus. In my paper I will argue for the important values of the recordings made by the folk musicians and folk singers themselves. In personal notebooks some folk musicians wrote down their repertory. In personal songbooks many young men and women collected song texts. By highlighting these documents, created by the performers themselves, we are given insights in the ways the musicians and singers thought, acted and played or sang. In short, with these documents we are close to the music-making of every day life. On the other hand, these archival artifacts also give us opportunities to connect the popular traditions to the general music history. The content of the personal notebooks can be compared with preserved sheet music, and texts in personal songbooks can be linked to learned poetry.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112733OAI: diva2:780209
Traditions for tomorrow, Akureyri, Iceland, August 20-23 2014
Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2015-01-14 Last updated: 2015-01-14

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