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Imagining Native America in Music$
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Michael V. Pisani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108934

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108934.001.0001

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Imagining the Frontier, 1795–1860

Imagining the Frontier, 1795–1860

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Imagining Native America in Music

Michael V. Pisani

Yale University Press

This chapter examines early nineteenth-century musical works about native America, particularly during the period from 1795 to 1860. It explains that while eighteenth-century songs and plays reflected the celebration of colonization, musical works of the early nineteenth century reflected conquest and its ambiguities. The chapter discusses three distinct periods of this musical development and their emphases. These include the emergence of issues concerning American political and cultural identity, the expansion of the frontier and its relationship to the idea of nationhood, and the formulation of a distinctly American cultural identity.

Keywords:   musical works, native America, conquest, American political identity, America cultural identity, frontier

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