Land without Nightingales: Music in the Making of German-America

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Despite the laments of some nineteenth-century German immigrants that America was a land bereft of poetry and song, a land without nightingales, the history of German American music is a rich one. This book explores the wide variety of forms of musical expression among German-speaking immigrants to America and their descendants from the eighteenth century to the present. Topics range from Moravian music in colonial America to musical life among twenty-first century Canadian Hutterites, from polka music to German singing societies, from Lutheran hymns to the songs of German-speaking Catholic and Jewish immigrants, and from the songs of German-speaking Swiss settlers to the music of immigrants from the Burgenland region of Austria. Underlying these diverse contributions is a common theme the constant interplay between the German and American sides of the hyphen of German-American to be found in all these musical styles. A companion CD includes musical selections that complement and expand upon this theme. The contributors historians, musicologists, folklorists, and scholars of German studies include Philip V. Bohlman, Alan R. Burdette, Kathleen Neils Conzen, Otto Holzapfel, James P. Leary, Laurence Libin, Rudolf Pietsch, A. Gregg Roeber, Leo Schelbert, and Helmut Wulz.