Polyphony, Heritage and Sustainability

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This paper is framed by current trends and issues relating to heritage conservation and music revivals. I share insights arising from my own research into Georgian polyphony and my preliminary thoughts about how the developments and debates I have witnessed relate to broader concerns. Questions examined by my co-authors and I in The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival (2014) include: how the process of reviving a tradition leads to transformations, how tensions arise between preservation and innovation, and how authenticity is invoked and manipulated. In reflecting on such matters, I consider how and why the Georgian situation differs from the new directions taken by traditional polyphony in Corsica. I also discuss the implications of Titon’s proposal (in a special issue of the journal The World of Music on Music and Sustainability) that safeguarding efforts ‘should be guided by principles drawn from ecology, not economy’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Eighth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony: Proceedings
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2018
EventEighth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony - Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: 26 Sep 201630 Sep 2016


ConferenceEighth International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony


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