The Quest for Modalities of Musical Remembrance

Jurková Zuzana


Most of the humanities and social sciences are involved in the contemporary
“memory boom”; disciplines focused on music are, in this aspect,
still behind the times. In the presented text, the author offers a theoretical
model for the ethnomusicological investigation of musical remembrance, which
is conceived here primarily as collective. Its starting points are (a) Assmann’s
concept of the time dimension of connective structure (which is one of the
building blocks of collective identity), (b) the understanding of remembrance
as constructed and rooted in the present, (c) the basic ethnomusicological
premise about music as a mirror, as well as a co-creator of social reality. Two
research spheres are open to investigators interested in music remembrance:
one in which music (as a sound phenomenon and performance practice) is
the main subject of research, and the other in which music is understood
(only) as a medium of remembrance and the main attention is focused on
social reality. Existing research signalizes two basic modalities of collective
remembrance: nationwide modalities, and modalities specific for different
cultural cohorts. This finding corresponds (with certain exceptions) to the
concepts of other authors (Turino, Assmann).


remembrance; music; soundscape; Prague

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Vydání: 19, 2017, 1