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Music in American Religious Experience$
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Philip V. Bohlman, Edith Blumhofer, and Maria Chow

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173048.001.0001

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 The Evolution of the Music of German American Protestants in Their Hymnody

 The Evolution of the Music of German American Protestants in Their Hymnody

A Case Study from an American Perspective

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(p.155) 6 The Evolution of the Music of German American Protestants in Their Hymnody
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Music in American Religious Experience
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Paul Westermeyer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173048.003.0009

This chapter examines the establishment of German Protestant hymnody in North America, and then traces its transformation through mixed-language traditions to a largely English-language hymnody. The historical and cultural transformation is that of immigrant German to ethnic German music. Statistical comparison of German American sacred songs — from the Reform tradition in early America with the transformation of these through American publications and traditions in the 19th century, particularly through the endeavors of Henry Harbaugh (1817-67) — illustrates the tension between traditional German repertories and the use of music to ensure a place for German and English Protestants in American religious experience. The influence of Anglo-American hymnody was, in many ways, as great as the original German traditions.

Keywords:   Anglo-American, ethnic, Henry Harbaugh, immigrant, reform

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