Ethno colloquium: Cristina Magaldi

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Orwig Music Building, Room 109

We welcome Cristina Magaldi to Brown University for an Ethnomusicology Colloquium. This event is free and open to the public.

A Tale Of Three Anthems: Popular Songs, National Symbols, and Cosmopolitan Exchanges in an Early Globalized Western World

This paper explores the history of the Brazilian national anthem, established during the early days of the Republic (1889), and its connection to a network of popular nationalistic songs that circulated widely during the long 19th century. I show that La Marseillaise, now France’s national anthem, actually surpassed the boundaries of the nation to articulate contested social practices and ideas. Popular nationalistic songs served as examples of the wide-ranging cosmopolitan sphere of music as they allowed for cultural sharing and created communicative networks in an early global moment of fast socio-political changes. These songs carried symbolic messages that were "sounding messages,” accessible to the literate and the illiterate alike, and that enabled collective participation, collective performance, and collective hearings, as “narratives of communalism" that functioned beyond the borders of nations.

About Christina Magaldi

Cristina Magaldi studied at the Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil), Reading University (England), and the University of California at Los Angeles. She teaches courses on popular musics, music in the Americas, and music and gender at Towson University (MD). Her work focuses on music during the long 19th century, contemporary popular style, and globalization. Magaldi’s publications have appeared in Popular Music, Latin American Music Review, Musical Quarterly, among others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has received research grants from NEH; her publications have received awards from AMS and SAM.

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