Musical Assimilation and “the German Element” at the Cincinnati Sängerfest, 1879

Ahlquist, Karen
September 2011
Musical Quarterly;Fall2011, Vol. 94 Issue 3, p381
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the musical assimilation and the German element at the Sängerfest organized by Sängerbund in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1849. The author says that the 1879 Sängerfest was used to reveal the European influence on American musical life in the post-Civil War era. She says that the hold on the art as a cultural marker, which weakens the ties between a German-centered repertoire and the German element itself were lost by some of the local people of music.


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