Date Awarded

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

American Studies

Advisor

Charles McGovern

Abstract

John Fahey’s music holds a distinct place in the mid-century folk revival--distinct because he is difficult to fit in with traditional narratives of the revival. John Fahey created a unique musical style through incorporation of traditional American music with classical music forms. His musical “quotations” and renditions of American blues, folk, ragtime, Protestant hymns, and parlor songs did not merely revive traditional music, but gave it new form and newfound respect in order to further artistic exploration. Fahey was a musical modernist, infusing tradition with the new. Fahey’s work can be situated in the context of modernist/folk connections that began earlier in the century.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.21220/S27Q27

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