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Danish Emigrant Ballads and Songs

Rochelle Wright and Robert L Wright

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ISBN 10: 0809310643 / ISBN 13: 9780809310647
Published by Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville, 1983
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ix & 302 pages plus a woodcut frontispiece and including indexes and a bibliography. Bound in pale blue cloth with black lettering. The first 242 pages give the lyrics printed in two columns with parallel text in Danish and English; the second part is melodies. A fine unused copy. Size: 8" x 11¼" (210mm x 285mm). Bookseller Inventory # 009578

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Title: Danish Emigrant Ballads and Songs

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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Hawked by vendors in the streets of Den­mark or sold door-to-door by salesmen, pop­ular street ballads reported disasters at sea, lamented the anguish of separated lovers, and told of the promise of a new land, America.


Authors Rochelle Wright and Robert L. Wright have collected 116 street ballads and songs from oral tradition (a majority of which have never been published before) that pertain to the Danish emigration expe­rience: conditions and events in Denmark that triggered emigration; prevailing atti­tudes toward America; the perils of the ocean voyage; life in the New World; and homesickness and longing. More specific topics include songs about the California gold rush, the Danish Mormon converts’ ex­periences in Utah, and the exile of Danish Socialist leaders to America. The texts pro­vide a personal, provocative view of Danish and American cultures in the last half of the nineteenth century.


Each song is presented in the original Danish with a full English translation and is accompanied by an explanatory note. In most instances, the melodies to which the songs were sung have been located, tran­scribed, and included in the final chapter.


Danish Emigrant Ballads and Songs comprises the fourth volume in the series Songs of the Westward Migration” begun by Robert L. Wright in 1957.

About the Author:

Rochelle Wright is a faculty member in the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of Illinois.


Robert L. Wright is Professor of American Thought and Lan­guage and Special Consultant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University.

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