Introduction to Part III

Kolassa, Alexander (2018). Introduction to Part III. In: Fugelso, Karl ed. Authenticity, Medievalism, Music. Studies in Medievalism (27). Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 181–182.

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Abstract

The uses and representations of early music in the context of popular culture have, until recently, received relatively little attention in academic contexts. In the forthcoming collection, Recomposing the Past: Early Music on Stage and Screen (2018) the REMOSS (Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen) Study Group has sought to redress this lack by bringing together a wide range of perspectives to examine the impact of early music beyond its traditional academic audiences. Contemporary and popular culture offers a highly stylized and eclectic – often contradictory – view of history that, crucially, is of increasing importance to the popular understanding, reception, and experience of history, and of early music. Indeed, early music – that is, the general term for musics predating the common-practice period, and typically associated with the European Middle Ages and Renaissance – finds its biggest audience in our popular film, television, videogame, and new-media landscape. That landscape is, with likely few exceptions, from where the future performers, researchers, and advocates of these traditions will emerge.

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