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date: 24 August 2019

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This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. This chapter offers fresh theoretical perspectives for understanding music revival as concept, cultural process, and medium of change. Upon reviewing existing revival scholarship and contextualizing it within nineteenth and twentieth-century intellectual history, the authors identify new territories (social, political, geographical, and ontological) that are ripe for critical examination through the revival lens. The chapter’s key arguments are advanced via a set of six inter-related themes: (1) activism and the desire for change; (2) the valuation and reinterpretation of history; (3) recontextualization and transformation; (4) legitimacy and authenticity; (5) musical transmission and dissemination; and (6) post-revival outgrowths and ramifications. Viewing the project of reclaiming, reimagining, and transforming the past as a recurring universal phenomenon and revealing the extent to which the legacy of revivalist visions continues to shape our musical and social worlds, the authors argue for the potential of revival as a productive analytical tool in contemporary, global contexts.

Keywords: music revival, cultural process, history, activism, authenticity, recontextualization, transformation, musical transmission, musical dissemination, post-revival

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