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    ‘Johanna Kinkel’s Political Art Songs as a Contribution to the Socio-Cultural Identity of the German Democratic Movement during the Late 1840s’


    Bunzel, Anja (2015) ‘Johanna Kinkel’s Political Art Songs as a Contribution to the Socio-Cultural Identity of the German Democratic Movement during the Late 1840s’. Focus on German Studies, 22.

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    Abstract

    In this article, I am going to focus on four of Kinkel’s political settings, namely two Rhineland songs to poems by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), Rheinstrom and Kölln, and two of Kinkel’s socio-political Lieder, Demokratenlied and Abendlied nach der Schlacht. Considering that the nineteenth-century art song was one of the most popular bourgeois art forms of the time (Grout, Burkholder & Palisca 605), I am going to apply theories of classical musicology, ethnomusicology and cultural studies. Building on the assumption that Kinkel’s art songs were considered popular music within their own socio-cultural context, and bearing in mind Kinkel’s public involvement in various strands of music (choral singing, salon performances, publication and sales of Kunstvolkslieder), this article will argue that Johanna Kinkel, through her public musical participation, helped shape the cultural identity of her own literary and politicaldemocratic association, the Maikäferbund, and perhaps more generally, the democratic revolutionary movement of the 1840s.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Johanna Kinkel; Political Art Songs; Contribution; Socio-Cultural Identity; German Democratic Movement; 1840;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
    Item ID: 9035
    Depositing User: Anja Bunzel
    Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 11:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Focus on German Studies
    Publisher: German Graduate Student Governance Association of the University of Cincinnati
    Refereed: No
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