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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

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

Paul Westermeyer

Oxford University Press

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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