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By Stanislaus A. Blejwas

ISBN-10: 1580461476

ISBN-13: 9781580461474

ISBN-10: 1580466354

ISBN-13: 9781580466356

This e-book examines the historical past of the Polish Singers Alliance of the USA (PSAA) as an ideological association. As a case research of an immigrant cultural association that developed demographically into an ethnic association of the succeeding generations, it files the level to which the politics of the fatherland engaged an immigrant and ethnic group over a century. this can be a research of immigrant nationalism, as articulated via immigrant and ethnic making a song societies. The survival of the Polish Singers Alliance as an ideological association indicates issues in regards to the skill of an immigrant and ethnic tradition to withstand and to conform to America's assimilative forces. The Alliance was once a federation of novice choirs. Its background can't be understood irrespective of the political destiny of contemporary Poland over the past centuries. This e-book situates the origins of the PSAA in the background of Poland in the course of the walls, in addition to its dedication to shine independence and to the protection and propagation of tradition via tune. because the kids and grandchildren of the immigrants succeeded them, the Alliance for that reason advanced into an ethnic association with quite a few American-born participants. After the restoration of Polish sovereignty, which by way of accident happened in 1989 while the Alliance celebrated its centennial, questions arose concerning the position of such an ideological association within the new political context. The past due Stanislaus A. Blejwas used to be CSU collage Professor of background at important Connecticut nation college.

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Music, no less than scholarship, literature, and art, served the national cause. Fryderyk Chopin [1810–1849] was Poland’s towering contribution to romanticism. While Chopin’s originality transformed him into a composer of universal significance, Polish scenes and melodies infused his polonaises and mazurkas and numerous other compositions. Others understood Chopin’s inspiration. ”15 Polish opera also consciously enriched the national culture. Józef Elsner [1769–1854], Chopin’s teacher, and Karol Kurpiński [1785–1857] introduced Polish historical themes into their operas, as well as folk and rural themes that, since the adoption of the Constitution of May 3, 1791, were a constant presence in society’s consciousness.

19—Major Jan Niezgoda in military uniform. Disclaimer: Some images in the printed version of this book are not available for inclusion in the eBook. To view the image on this page please refer to the printed version of this book. No. 20—Group photo of the delegates to the 25th PSAA convention. qxp 6/7/2004 11:26 AM Page IX Disclaimer: Some images in the printed version of this book are not available for inclusion in the eBook. Disclaimer: Some images in the printed version of this book are not available for inclusion in the eBook.

However, the immediate impulse for the invigoration of the singing movement came in September 1885, when a quartet from Lwów’s Lutnia performed in Warsaw and was warmly received by the public. Piotr Maszyński, who possessed experience with choral music and who was associated with the WTM, organized Warsaw’s Lutnia on December 2, 1886. Lutnia set an example, and soon similar societies appeared in the Kingdom’s provincial cities. 47 The choral movement also extended beyond the former lands of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth to areas long separated from a Polish state.

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