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Popular music
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1. Concept

The terms “popular music” and “popular song,” abbreviated today to “pop,” were already current in the early modern period as derivations from the Latin populus (People) – in English as in many other European languages, but not in German, where the cognate Pöbel always bore the derogatory connotation “mob.” Johann Gottfried Herder instead coined the term Volkslied as a translation of the English “popular song,” drawin…

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Tischer, Matthias, “Popular music”, 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 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029861>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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