Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 29, 2015
Helmut Loos, Germany
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. at Institut für Musikwissenschaft der Universität Leipzig,
Head of the Grieg-Begegnungsstätte Leipzig e. V.
Grieg‘s Compositions for Male Voice Choir and the European National Movement
The significance that male choir organizations had during the 19th century has long been underestimated. With their recent research efforts, Friedhelm Brusniak and Dietmar Klenke have presented a long overdue survey that puts the historical impact of organized singing associations in Germany into perspective. Male voice choir associations sprouted up after 1800 and became known as Liedertafel or Liederkranz in German-speaking regions. These organizations can in fact be regarded as the societal foundation of bourgeois music culture as it developed during the 18th Century.
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Paper Helmut Loos 2015