Nineteenth-century New York was, after Berlin and Vienna, the third largest German-populated city in the world. German-language musical plays and light operas held an important niche in the lives of German immigrants and their families. John Koegel's Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1940, tells, for the first time, the engrossing story of these theater works, and the many musical numbers from them that became popular as separate songs. Koegel documents performances, in German, of plays by Shakespeare and Goethe and operas by Offenbach, Verdi, and Johann Strauss. And he draws long-needed attention to German-American musical comedies written, beginning in the 1890s, by ethnic parodist Adolf Philipp. As their titles suggest Der Corner Grocer aus der Avenue A and Der Pawnbroker von der Eastside these musicals related directly to the daily experiences of the immigrant population. Music in German Immigrant Theater is enriched by copious photographs, sheet-music title pages, and musical examples, as well as numerous sets of song lyrics some uproarious, others touching in German and in English translation. The accompanying CD includes recordings of many of the songs discussed in the book. John Koegel is Professor of Musicology at California State University, Fullerton. WINNER - 2009 Fore Word Reviews' Book of the Year Award, music category. This book is also included in the AAUP's 2010 University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries along with a number of other URP books.
Table of Contents
German American Theater and Society Early Struggles, Operatic Beginnings, and the Development of the German Theater in New York City, 1840-1872Musical Farce and Folk Play at the Germania Theater, 1872-1883Ethnic Spaces: Theatrical Entertainments in German Beer Gardens and Concert Halls An Orgy of Operetta: The Thalia and Amberg Theaters, 1879-1893Drama on a Higher Plane: The Irving Place Theater, 1893-1918German American Performers The "Dutch" Act: German American Theatrical and Literary Representations Philipp's Germania Theater Musical Comedies, 1893-1902The German American Musical Abroad: Philipp in Berlin, 1903-1907From Klein Deutschland to Broadway: Philipp's Works, 1907-1914Divided Loyalties: World War I and Its Aftermath The Decline of the German American Stage in the 1920s and 1930s Appendixes Archives and Collections Consulted Key to Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index