Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Brandstetter tunebook: shape-note dissemination and the Germans of Western Maryland
by Barnett, Joshua Rush, M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2012, 107; 1514897
Abstract (Summary)

The newly discovered personal tunebook of Maria Brandstetter (1820) reveals that shape-note hymnody was alive in the mountains of Western Maryland in the early nineteenth century. The tunebook's presence in the region fills in a gap left by the usual dissemination story of shape-note hymnody, which emphasizes an exchange between Eastern Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The tunebook is also connected to the German community that migrated from Pennsylvania into Maryland and Virginia in the early 1800s, and thus sheds light on the musical culture of the German-American immigrants of Western Maryland. Finally, the contents of the Brandstetter tunebook suggest that pivotal Virginia shape-note composer and compiler of the Kentucky Harmony, Ananias Davisson, may have first been exposed to shape-note music by migrating Germans like the Brandstetter family.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Warfield, Patrick
Commitee: Haggh-Huglo, Barbara, Provine, Robert C., Warfield, Patrick
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, American history, Music
Keywords: German, Maryland, Sacred harp, Shape-note hymnody, Washington County
Publication Number: 1514897
ISBN: 978-1-267-48427-7
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