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The philosophy of the bluesFrom B.B. King to Billie vacation, Blues song not just sounds stable, yet has a virtually common attraction in its mirrored image of the rigors and tribulations of daily life. Its skill to powerfully contact on various social and emotional matters is philosophically inspiring, and the following, a various variety of thinkers and musicians provide illuminating essays that make very important connections among the human and the Blues that would attract tune enthusiasts and philosophers alike.

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79 Music history, in light of this, is not just about works, institutions and structures. 80 If we were to read Sephardic music history in terms of events and agencies in this way, we would have no difficulty in singling 76 Dahlhaus 1983. The literal meaning of kairos is the right time for action, correct proportion, fitness, or due measure. ) 1993. This is part of a wider literature whose orientation is psycho-analytical, but whose findings create resonances for cultural history. 78 Attridge 2004; Alain Badiou 1988 and 2006.

In the end there will always be imponderables when we attempt to reconstruct the histories of oral repertories. ’35 At some point the musical idioms of medieval Spain yielded to those of the modern Balkans and the Levant. 36 Yet even if this holds as a generalisation, the detail and dynamic of this epic musical transfer from peninsula to peninsula, and the vivid reality of it, will continue to elude us. Singing the Community: Music of the Sephardim If the idea of a ‘transplanted Sepharad’ makes sense in musical terms, it applies in the first place to synagogal repertories.

Such ritual songs were often described as coplas, a genre that appears to have developed largely within the Ottoman Empire; it was not identical to the secular Spanish genre so labelled. Written mainly in Ladino, coplas formed part of the traditional or popular music of the Sephardim, and they lead us to our final category, Ottoman-influenced secular repertories, which included narrative romances and love songs or topical songs (canciones), invariably performed by women, whose role in public life was restricted.

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