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Fragments and Meaning in Traditional SongFrom the Blues to the Baltic$
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Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262887

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.001.0001

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

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

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Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song
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Mary-Ann Constantine

Gerald Porter

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0006

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

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