COHFA | Migration in the 20th Century

Title

The Legend, Reality, and Legacy of "The Gypsy"

Presenter Information

Melanie DavisFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Music Business

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Randall Black

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This thesis analyzes the ethnomusicology of Roma, Romani, and/or Traveller peoples by dividing research into three sections: legend, reality, and legacy. Musical compositions from the past two hundred years are collected and examined for similar motifs, harmonic structure, and lyrical context reserved for the popularized “Gypsy” stereotype. The research will also explain transcultural phenomena which resulted from continued Western adaptation. Primary sources are then cross-examined for significant differences. Historical context is used to further illustrate how and why the deviation between perceived and real Roma culture came to fruition. Finally, 21st century compositions are used to demonstrate the long-lasting impact many significant Traveller artists have left on today’s music.

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Honors College Senior Thesis Presentation

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The Legend, Reality, and Legacy of "The Gypsy"

This thesis analyzes the ethnomusicology of Roma, Romani, and/or Traveller peoples by dividing research into three sections: legend, reality, and legacy. Musical compositions from the past two hundred years are collected and examined for similar motifs, harmonic structure, and lyrical context reserved for the popularized “Gypsy” stereotype. The research will also explain transcultural phenomena which resulted from continued Western adaptation. Primary sources are then cross-examined for significant differences. Historical context is used to further illustrate how and why the deviation between perceived and real Roma culture came to fruition. Finally, 21st century compositions are used to demonstrate the long-lasting impact many significant Traveller artists have left on today’s music.