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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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“In the Glory of the Sunset”: Singing and Playing Hiawatha

“In the Glory of the Sunset”: Singing and Playing Hiawatha

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Imagining Native America in Music

Michael V. Pisani

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the musical versions of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem about a Native American legend titled The Song of Hiawatha. It explains that the first musical version of the poem was German-born composer Robert Stoepel's symphony which engaged the audience in a fascinating debate about musical depictions of native America and expressions of cultural identity. It also analyzes the context for Hiawatha in the 1850s and discusses other musical works inspired by Longfellow's poem.

Keywords:   The Song of Hiawatha, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Stoepel, symphony, cultural identity, native America

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