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date: 21 February 2020

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The chapter develops an original concept of musical borealism, drawing from literatures on European music and cultural history and from orientalism. The chapter looks beyond the simple concept of borealism as an exotic gaze by opening up horizons and offering a series of nuanced distinctions. Basic categories discussed are Nordic myth, Nordic folk and popular music, Nordic global music, Nordic ultra-national music, and non-Nordic Nordic manifestations. The chapter expands the historical, spatial, and experiential dimensions of musical borealism and creates a historical foundation for the remaining chapters in the handbook.

Keywords: Borealism, musical borealism, Europe, cultural history, music history, Nordic light, folk song, popular music

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