Title

Panel H: Representing Identity in Songbooks Through Repertoire

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Music

Location

Nesbitt 3212

Start Date

25-3-2022 1:00 PM

End Date

25-3-2022 2:00 PM

Description/Abstract

The Database of American Sing-Along Repertoire (DASAR) is an ongoing project to document and collect songs that have been used for community singing in the United States and Canada. Many of these songs come from a formal community singing movement that began in 1913. These are songs that Americans sang together, shared, and passed down. As a collection, these songs forge together a national identity that tell us much about the American story. Two other student researchers and I spent several months logging songbooks into this database and learning about the community singing movements, the songbooks themselves, and the issues that come with repertoire selection. A particular focus was made on how community was represented through the songbooks, and the challenges that come with this task. Songbooks represent identities of communities through their selection of repertoire, and these songbooks can both represent and misrepresent the identity they intend to speak for. Songbooks have been created for a number of cities across the United States, including a 1923 songbook about the town of Peoria, Illinois. It is songbooks like this that inspired the idea to develop a songbook for the city of Dahlonega. The purpose for this songbook was to find and adapt a series of songs that represented the history, scenery, and people of Dahlonega, all in the spirit of community singing. The first group of songs are all contrafacta, which are new words set to old songs. The second group contains folk and religious songs, many with Appalachian origins.

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Panel H: Representing Identity in Songbooks Through Repertoire

Nesbitt 3212

The Database of American Sing-Along Repertoire (DASAR) is an ongoing project to document and collect songs that have been used for community singing in the United States and Canada. Many of these songs come from a formal community singing movement that began in 1913. These are songs that Americans sang together, shared, and passed down. As a collection, these songs forge together a national identity that tell us much about the American story. Two other student researchers and I spent several months logging songbooks into this database and learning about the community singing movements, the songbooks themselves, and the issues that come with repertoire selection. A particular focus was made on how community was represented through the songbooks, and the challenges that come with this task. Songbooks represent identities of communities through their selection of repertoire, and these songbooks can both represent and misrepresent the identity they intend to speak for. Songbooks have been created for a number of cities across the United States, including a 1923 songbook about the town of Peoria, Illinois. It is songbooks like this that inspired the idea to develop a songbook for the city of Dahlonega. The purpose for this songbook was to find and adapt a series of songs that represented the history, scenery, and people of Dahlonega, all in the spirit of community singing. The first group of songs are all contrafacta, which are new words set to old songs. The second group contains folk and religious songs, many with Appalachian origins.