An Introduction to Music Revival as Concept, Cultural Process, and Medium of Change

Juniper Hill, Caroline Bithell

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This chapter offers fresh theoretical perspectives for understanding music revival as concept, cultural process, and medium of change. Upon reviewing existing revival scholarship and contextualising it within nineteenth and twentieth-century intellectual history, the authors identify new territories (social, political, geographical, and ontological) that are ripe for critical examination through the revival lens. The chapter’s key arguments are advanced via a set of six inter-related themes: (i) activism and the desire for change, (ii) the valuation and reinterpretation of history, (iii) recontextualisation and transformation, (iv) legitimacy and authenticity, (v) musical transmission and dissemination, and (vi) post-revival outgrowths and ramifications. Viewing the project of reclaiming, reimagining, and transforming the past as a recurring universal phenomenon and revealing the extent to which the legacy of revivalist visions continues to shape our musical and social worlds, the authors argue for the potential of revival as a productive analytical tool in contemporary, global contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music Revival
Place of PublicationNew York and Oxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)9780199765034 (hbk), 9780190618810 (pbk)
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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NameOxford Handbooks


  • Music revival
  • Cultural process
  • History
  • Authenticity
  • Recontextualisation
  • Transformation
  • Musical transmission
  • Post-revival


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