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Title:
Music and German national identity
Author:
Applegate, Celia.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Germans as the "people of music" : genealogy of an identity / Celia Applegate and Pamela Potter -- Reconstructing ideal types of the "German" in music / Bernd Sponheuer -- Einheit--Freiheit--Vaterland : intimations of utopia in Robert Schumann's late choral music / John Daverio -- Wagner's Die Meistersinger as national opera (1868-1945) / Thomas S. Grey -- Landscape--region--nation--Reich : German folk song in the nexus of national identity / Philip V. Bohlman -- Kein schöner Land : the Spielschar Ekkehard and the struggle to define German national identity in the Weimar Republic / Bruce Campbell -- Hosanna or "Hilf, o Herr uns" : national identity, the German Christian movement, and the "dejudaization" of sacred music in the Third Reich / Doris L. Bergen -- National and Universal : Thomas Mann and the paradox of "German" music / Hans Rudolf Vaget -- Culture, society, and politics in the cosmos of "Hans Pfitzner the German" / Michael H. Kater -- "Für eine neue deutsche Nationaloper" : opera in the discourses of unification and legitimation in the German Democratic Republic / Joy Haslam Calico -- Darmstadt, postwar experimentation, and the West German search for a new musical identity / Gesa Kordes -- American jazz in the German Cold War / Uta G. Poiger -- Postwar German popular music : Americanization, the Cold War, and the post-Nazi Heimat / Edward Larkey -- On the history of the "Deutschlandlied" / Jost Hermand -- Ethnicity and musical identity in the Czech lands : a group of vignettes / Bruno Nettl -- "Is that not something for Simplissimus?!" the belief in musical superiority / Albrecht Riethmul̈ler.
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9780226021300

9780226021317
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Summary

Is it merely a coincidence that the three "Bs" of classical music--Bach, Beethoven, Brahms--are all German composers? Why do concert halls all over the world feature mostly the works of German and Austrian composers as their standard repertoire? Over the past three centuries, supporters of German music ranging from music scholars to politicians have nurtured the notion that the German-speaking world possesses a peculiar strength in the cultivation of music.

This book explores the questions of how music came to be associated with German identity, when and how Germans came to be regarded as the "people of music," and how music came to be designated as "the most German art." Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars in German history, musicology, and German literature, the essays assembled here examine philosophy, literature, politics, and social currents, as well as the creation and performance of folk music, art music, church music, jazz, and pop to explore the ways in which music has continued to play a central role in the German national imagination and in shaping German identity.


Summary

Is it merely a coincidence that the three "Bs" of classical music--Bach, Beethoven, Brahms--are all German composers? Why do concert halls all over the world feature mostly the works of German and Austrian composers as their standard repertoire? Over the past three centuries, supporters of German music ranging from music scholars to politicians have nurtured the notion that the German-speaking world possesses a peculiar strength in the cultivation of music.

This book explores the questions of how music came to be associated with German identity, when and how Germans came to be regarded as the "people of music," and how music came to be designated as "the most German art." Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars in German history, musicology, and German literature, the essays assembled here examine philosophy, literature, politics, and social currents, as well as the creation and performance of folk music, art music, church music, jazz, and pop to explore the ways in which music has continued to play a central role in the German national imagination and in shaping German identity.


Author Notes

Celia Applegate is an associate professor of history at the University of Rochester. She is the author of A Nation of Provincials: The German Idea of Heimat .

Pamela Potter is an associate professor in the musicology and German departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler's Reich.


Celia Applegate is an associate professor of history at the University of Rochester. She is the author of A Nation of Provincials: The German Idea of Heimat .

Pamela Potter is an associate professor in the musicology and German departments at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler's Reich.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Germans as the "People of Music": Genealogy of an IdentityCelia Applegate and Pamela Potter
Reconstructing Ideal Types of the "German" in MusicBernd Sponheuer
Einheit--Freiheit--Vaterland: Intimations of Utopia in Robert Schumann's Late Choral MusicJohn Daverio Wagner's
Die Meistersinger as National Opera (18681945)Thomas S. Grey
Landscape--Region--Nation--Reich: German Folk Song in the Nexus of National IdentityPhilip V. Bohlman
Kein schouml;ner Land: The Spielschar Ekkehard and the Struggle to Define German National Identity in the Weimar Republic Bruce Campbell Hosanna or "Hilf, O Herr Uns": National Identity, the German Christian Movement, and the "Dejudaization" of Sacred Music in the Third ReichDoris L. Bergen
National and Universal: Thomas Mann and the Paradox of "German" MusicHans Rudolf Vaget
Culture, Society, and Politics in the Cosmos of "Hans Pfitzner the German"Michael H. Kater
"Fuuml;r eine neue deutsche Nationaloper": Opera in the Discourses of Unification and Legitimation in the German Democratic Republic JoyHaslam Calico
Darmstadt, Postwar Experimentation, and the West German Search for a New Musical IdentityGesa Kordes
American Jazz in the German Cold WarUta G. Poiger
Postwar German Popular Music: Americanization, the Cold War, and the Post-Nazi HeimatEdward Larkey
On the History of the "Deutschlandlied" Jost Hermand Ethnicity and Musical Identity in the Czech Lands: A Group of Vignettes Bruno Nettl "Is That Not Something for Simplissimus?!" The Belief in Musical SuperiorityAlbrecht Riethmuuml;ller
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Germans as the "People of Music": Genealogy of an IdentityCelia Applegate and Pamela Potter
Reconstructing Ideal Types of the "German" in MusicBernd Sponheuer
Einheit--Freiheit--Vaterland: Intimations of Utopia in Robert Schumann's Late Choral MusicJohn Daverio Wagner's
Die Meistersinger as National Opera (18681945)Thomas S. Grey
Landscape--Region--Nation--Reich: German Folk Song in the Nexus of National IdentityPhilip V. Bohlman
Kein schouml;ner Land: The Spielschar Ekkehard and the Struggle to Define German National Identity in the Weimar Republic Bruce Campbell Hosanna or "Hilf, O Herr Uns": National Identity, the German Christian Movement, and the "Dejudaization" of Sacred Music in the Third ReichDoris L. Bergen
National and Universal: Thomas Mann and the Paradox of "German" MusicHans Rudolf Vaget
Culture, Society, and Politics in the Cosmos of "Hans Pfitzner the German"Michael H. Kater
"Fuuml;r eine neue deutsche Nationaloper": Opera in the Discourses of Unification and Legitimation in the German Democratic Republic JoyHaslam Calico
Darmstadt, Postwar Experimentation, and the West German Search for a New Musical IdentityGesa Kordes
American Jazz in the German Cold WarUta G. Poiger
Postwar German Popular Music: Americanization, the Cold War, and the Post-Nazi HeimatEdward Larkey
On the History of the "Deutschlandlied" Jost Hermand Ethnicity and Musical Identity in the Czech Lands: A Group of Vignettes Bruno Nettl "Is That Not Something for Simplissimus?!" The Belief in Musical SuperiorityAlbrecht Riethmuuml;ller
List of Contributors
Index