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Brews, Brotherhood, and Beethoven: The 1865 New York City Sängerfest and the Fostering of German American Identity

Brews, Brotherhood, and Beethoven: The 1865 New York City Sängerfest and the Fostering of German... ChriStoPher G. oGburN brews, brotherhood, and beethoven: the 1865 New York City Sängerfest and the Fostering of German American identity Thou cradle of empire, though wide be the foam That severs the land of our fathers from thee, We hear from thy bosom the welcome of home; Thy song has a home in the hearts of the free.1 Music and Identity in the German Community: At Home and Abroad During the course of the nineteenth century, native German-speaking people, regardless of where they resided, found themselves increasingly associated with the art of music. From bach to mozart and beethoven and on to Wagner and brahms, German composers and their works became closely intertwined with the formation of a German national identity. As with the very idea of a "German" national community, this notion of Germans as the "people of music" was formed out of a process, within europe and overseas, that unfolded over a number of decades and took many different forms.2 moreover, this process did not exclusively involve those within the German-speaking community. As the nineteenth century progressed and German-speaking people began to steadily emigrate, the process expanded to encompass the new areas in which they settled, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Brews, Brotherhood, and Beethoven: The 1865 New York City Sängerfest and the Fostering of German American Identity

American Music , Volume 33 (4) – Apr 29, 2016

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ChriStoPher G. oGburN brews, brotherhood, and beethoven: the 1865 New York City Sängerfest and the Fostering of German American identity Thou cradle of empire, though wide be the foam That severs the land of our fathers from thee, We hear from thy bosom the welcome of home; Thy song has a home in the hearts of the free.1 Music and Identity in the German Community: At Home and Abroad During the course of the nineteenth century, native German-speaking people, regardless of where they resided, found themselves increasingly associated with the art of music. From bach to mozart and beethoven and on to Wagner and brahms, German composers and their works became closely intertwined with the formation of a German national identity. As with the very idea of a "German" national community, this notion of Germans as the "people of music" was formed out of a process, within europe and overseas, that unfolded over a number of decades and took many different forms.2 moreover, this process did not exclusively involve those within the German-speaking community. As the nineteenth century progressed and German-speaking people began to steadily emigrate, the process expanded to encompass the new areas in which they settled,

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Apr 29, 2016

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