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Music festival
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1. Concept

A music festival is an event, lasting one or more days and sometimes recurring at regular intervals, at which music does not form a decorative backdrop, but stands at the center as an art in its own right. The music festival as a venue for a specifically bourgeois collective musical practice became established in the early 19th century. It owed its emergence to the bourgeoisie’s interest in cultivation and edification (i.e. the desire to perform certain works and so get to know them) [3…

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Eichhorn, Andreas, “Music festival”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024401>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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