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Chorus and Community -

Ahlquist, Karen

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ISBN 10: 0252030370 / ISBN 13: 9780252030376
Published by Univ Illinois Press
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Title: Chorus and Community -

Publisher: Univ Illinois Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Dealing with chorus and its effect on music and the world, this book discusses groups including an East African chorus; groups from 19th century England, Germany, and America; early 20th century Russian Menonites; barbershops; Soviet workers' clubs; an Australian symphonic choir; and gay and lesbian choruses.

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How choruses use their voices to create artistic, social, and sometimes political power

Karen Ahlquist’s Chorus and Community represents the first focused look at choruses not only as a source of music but as organizations that come together for aesthetic, social, political, and religious purposes, and are found throughout history, cultures, and around the world.

The volume’s thirteen essays discuss groups including an East African chorus; groups from nineteenth-century England, Germany, and America; early twentieth-century Russian Menonites; barbershops; Soviet workers’ clubs; a Sardinian brotherhood; an Australian symphonic choir; women’s garment workers in Pennsylvania; and gay and lesbian choruses. The essays range from the celebratory to the analytical and critical, but they collectively work to demonstrate that these diverse choruses not only make music, but may also use it to foster an idealized social system. One essay shows the surprising power of a chorus to influence social change by examining the African American Fisk Jubilee Singers’ 1877 trip to the Netherlands, where they reminded Dutch audiences of their nation’s participation in the slave trade. An accompanying CD illustrates the choruses and traditions discussed in the book.

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