Mari Jo Velasco
A Musicology Colloquium Talk by Mari Jo Velasco.
Musical scholarship on the French Revolution and Restoration eras has long focused on Paris, leaving much to explore about the continual resistance and alternative soundscapes from France’s other regions. My research explores the impact of the French Revolution on the popular song and devotional cultures of the Basque and Bearnese populations in southwestern France and traces the ways in which lay spiritual and musical practices were rebuilt by local communities in the nineteenth century. Musical practices mobilized an emerging, multifaceted political culture in this southwest border region, at a time when centralizing, revolutionary-era pressures posed grave challenges to everyday life. As national interest in folk traditions grew in the nineteenth century, local Bearnese and Basques used and collected songs to retell their own histories, and to valorize and preserve their customs and languages.
Free and open to all. Reception to follow.