Identity, Intertextuality, and Performance in Early Modern Song Culture


Singing together is a tried and true method of establishing and maintaining a group’s identity. Identity, Intertextuality, and Performance in Early Modern Song Culture for the first time explores comparatively the dynamic process of group formation through the production and appropriation of songs in various European countries and regions. Drawing on oral, handwritten and printed sources, with examples ranging from 1450 to 1850, the authors investigate intertextual patterns, borrowing of melodies, and performance practices as these manifested themselves in a broad spectrum of genres including ballads, popular songs, hymns and political songs. The volume intends to be a point of departure for further comparative studies in European song culture.

Contributors are: Ingrid Åkesson, Mary-Ann Constantine, Patricia Fumerton, Louis Peter Grijp, Éva Guillorel, Franz-Josef Holznagel, Tine de Koninck, Christopher Marsh, Hubert Meeus, Nelleke Moser, Dieuwke van der Poel, Sophie Reinders, David Robb, Clara Strijbosch, and Anne Marieke van der Wal.


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Biographical Note

Dieuwke van der Poel, Ph.D. (1989), Utrecht University, is Associate Professor at that university. She co-edited an edition of the Antwerp Songbook (2004) and Women’s Writing from the Low Countries 1200-1875 (2010).

Louis Peter Grijp, Ph.D. (1991), Meertens Institute, Amsterdam and Utrecht University, is Professor of Research in Dutch song culture. He has published numerous articles and books on song culture. He is founder of the Dutch Song Database.

Wim van Anrooij, Ph.D. (1990), University of Leiden, is Professor of Dutch literature up to Romanticism at that university. He has published monographs and articles on Middle Dutch literature, and co-edited Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay Between Scholarly Reflection and Artistic Production (Brill, 2010).

Review Quotes

Identity, Intertextuality, and Performance in Early Modern Song Culture is a welcome addition to our knowledge of the arena of communication in early modern Europe. The book is a groundbreaking foray into a very promising field.”
Daniele V. Filippi, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland and Academy of Music, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In: Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2017), pp. 511-513.

Identity, Intertextuality, and Performance in Early Modern Song Culture celebrates excellent research on and compilation of early European songs. The collection never pretends to be exhaustive, however, for each chapter explains what further research could and should be done. For that reason, the book is incredibly significant to researchers who are looking not just for answer, but also for further questions.”
Deana Smid, Brandon University, Canada. In: Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Spring 2018), pp. 182-185.

Table of contents

Notes on the Editors
Notes on the Contributors
List of Illustrations

1 Introduction
Louis Peter Grijp and Dieuwke van der Poel

2 Local and Religious Identity in Swedish Popular Hymn Singing during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Ingrid Åkesson

3 Performing Pietism in the Peatlands: Songs in the Manuscript Miscellany of a Village Schoolmaster in the Dutch Republic between 1750 and 1800
Nelleke Moser

4 Guilielmus Bolognino’s Den Gheestelijcken Leeuwercker: The Collected Songs of a Counter-Reformation Champion
Hubert Meeus and Tine de Koninck

5 Songs and Identities: Handwritten Secular Songbooks in German-Speaking Areas of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Franz-Josef Holznagel

6 ‘Social Networking is in our DNA’: Women’s Alba Amicorum as Places to Build and Affirm Group Identities
Sophie Reinders

7 The Many Shades of Love: Possessors and Inscribers of Sixteenth-Century Women’s Alba
Clara Strijbosch

8 Exploring Love’s Options: Song and Youth Culture in the Sixteenth Century Netherlands
Dieuwke van der Poel

9 Oppositional Political Identity in the Song Culture of the Vormärz and the 1848 Revolution in Germany
David Robb

10 The Perils of Performance: From Political Songs to National Airs in Romantic-Era Wales (1790–1820)
Mary-Ann Constantine

11 Folksongs, Conflicts and Social Protest in Early Modern France
Éva Guillorel

12 “Fortune My Foe”: The Circulation of an English Super-Tune
Christopher Marsh

13 Samuel Pepys and the Making of Ballad Publics
Patricia Fumerton

14 Slave Orchestras and Rainbow Balls: Colonial Culture and Creolisation at the Cape of Good Hope, 1750–1838
Anne Marieke van der Wal

Index Nominum


All interested in European cultural, social and political history (including the history of literature, music and religion) and the interpay between oral, written and printed sources.


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