Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage

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Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage represents the first English-language treatise on Corsican music, chronicling its evolution from the early 20th century to the present and charting its progression from the world of oral tradition to a vibrant new performance culture maintained by an expanding cohort of cosmopolitan players. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, comprehensive interviews, and close observation of Corsican affairs, the author maps out the social, cultural, economic, and political climate of Corsica in the 20th and early 21st centuries, offering insights into the way French cultural policy, decentralisation legislation, and European Union funding structures have affected musical activity on the island. Case studies of Corsican performing groups present the musicians' inspirations and intentions, as well as their ability to balance local and cosmopolitan frames of reference and relate their music to its traditional counterpart. The book also offers new perspectives on debates about music and ethnicity and gender dynamics, exploring the application of modern technology to an oral idiom and the psycho-physiological and transcendental experiences associated with polyphonic singing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLanham, MA
PublisherScarecrow Press
Number of pages344
ISBN (Print)978-0-8108-5938-8 (hardcover), 978-0-8108-5439-0 (pbk)
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameEuropea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities
PublisherScarecrow Press


  • Corsica
  • Corsican polyphony
  • Traditional music
  • Music revival
  • Oral tradition
  • World music
  • Mediterranean identities


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